Sporting Kansas City II announced today that the club has acquired forward Josip Hmura in a transfer from Croatian side NK Istra 1961 and center back Osuman Kassim on loan from Ghanaian outfit Accra Lions FC.
Hmura and Kassim have signed MLS NEXT Pro professional contracts and will join Sporting KC II pending receipt of their International Transfer Certificates and P1 visas.
Hmura, a 20-year-old Croatian attacker, has recorded five goals and one assist in 16 appearances for the NK Istra U-19s during the 2021-2022 campaign in Europe, including back-to-back braces against NK Sesvete and NK Osijek last fall.
Kassim, a 20-year-old Ghanaian center back, has signed for Sporting KC II on loan through the end of 2023. He has tallied a goal in 17 appearances for Accra Lions FC during the 2021-2022 Ghanaian Premier League season, logging over 1,200 minutes and helping the team to six shutouts. He is the third Accra Lions player to join Sporting KC II on loan this year, joining teammates and countrymen Joseph Addo Tetteh and Rauf Salifu.
Led by head coach and former MLS All-Star Benny Feilhaber, Sporting Kansas City II (7-9-2, 23 points) will travel to face Houston Dynamo 2 (10-4-4, 36 points) on Sunday night at AVEVA Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT with a live stream on mlsnextpro.com.
Transaction: Sporting Kansas City II (MLS NEXT Pro) acquires forward Josip Hmura in a transfer from NK Istra 1961 (Croatia) and center back Osuman Kassim on loan from Accra Lions FC (Ghana).
Born: 2/7/2002 (20 years old)
Weight: 155 lbs.
Hometown: Pula, Croatia
Birthplace: Pula, Croatia
Previous Club: NK Istra 1961 (Croatia)
Born: 1/10/2002 (20 years old)
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
Previous Club: Accra Lions FC (Ghana)