Sporting Kansas City announced the signing of 2011 MLS SuperDraft selection Konrad Warzycha on Thursday, bringing the club roster to 24 players ahead of the start of the 2011 season on March 19th.
“Signing my first contract is a dream come true,” Warzycha said. “This is something that has been a goal of mine ever since I was a little kid and to finally be able to say I am a professional soccer player is surreal.”
Warzycha, a 22-year-old midfielder from Dublin, Ohio, was taken in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft in January out of Ohio State University. The son of Columbus Crew coach and former MLS player Robert Warzycha, he joined Kansas City for pre-season but was diagnosed with a femoral condyle defect in his right knee and had surgery in Columbus last week. He will be placed on the Injured Reserve list to start the 2011 season and the timetable on his recovery was set at 6-8 months.
Warzycha starred at Ohio State from 2007-2010, teaming up with current Sporting Kansas City defender Roger Espinoza in 2007 when Ohio State finished as runners-up for the NCAA College Cup Championship. After a Second Team All-Big Ten selection in 2009, Warzycha was a First Team All-Big Ten pick during his senior season, when he led the Buckeyes in scoring with eight goals. In his four years at Ohio State, Warzycha compiled 13 goals and nine assists, primarily playing in the midfield throughout his 75-game career.
College: Ohio State
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Acquired: 2011 MLS SuperDraft, 46th Overall (3rd Round)
Transaction: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) signs midfielder Konrad Warzycha