Sporting Kansas City has signed 22-year-old Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Appiah, the club announced Tuesday. Appiah has been added to the Sporting Kansas City roster ahead of Wednesday’s match at the Chicago Fire.
“Emmanuel is a player who we scouted in college and watched closely at the Combine," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. "He is a young midfielder who possesses a lot of qualities that our staff likes and we look forward to integrating him into our system.”
Appiah joined the Colorado Rapids in January as the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. The midfielder played two matches on loan at USL club Charlotte Independence before parting ways with Colorado on June 30.
Born in Ghana and raised in Westerville, Ohio, Appiah spent five years at the University of Cincinnati, where he recorded seven goals and 13 assists in 65 college appearances. He earned Second Team All-American Athletic Conference and Second Team All-Ohio accolades as a senior in 2015, finishing with six goals and five assists.
While at Cincinnati, Appiah made 10 appearances for GPS Portland Phoenix of the USL Premier Development League in 2013.
Weight: 160 lbs.
College: University of Cincinnati
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio
Birthplace: Sampa, Ghana