Kevin Ellis (soccer)

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Kevin Ellis
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-06-30) 30 June 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back/Center-back
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 4
Youth career
2007–2009 Kansas City Wizards
2009–2010 Barton Community College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Kansas City Brass 3 (0)
2011– Sporting Kansas City 12 (0)
2013 Orlando City (loan) 5 (0)
2014 Oklahoma City Energy (loan) 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 9, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin Ellis (born 30 June 1991) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Ellis first started to make a name for himself in the Sporting Kansas City Juniors with the under-17 side at the SUM Cup in 2007 where he started in every match for the Sporting juniors and scored two goals in two minutes against the FC Dallas juniors in the group final.[1] Ellis then went on to attend Barton Community College where he played for the school's soccer team from 2009 to 2010. In 2009 Ellis scored 23 goals for Barton Community College while also earning NJCAA Second Team All-American honors. Then in 2010 Ellis was converted into a defender while still scoring 11 goals for the college team that season. After the 2010 season Ellis was named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and he also added All-Region VI First Team, NJCAA All-Tournament Team and NJCAA First Team All-American honors to his personal honors. His 34 goals scored while at Barton Community College remain an all-time school record.

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

After the 2010 season finished, Ellis was invited to join the Sporting Kansas City invitation-only combine in January 2011 where after the three-day combine he earned a spot with the Sporting Kansas City pre-season roster. On February 18, after two weeks of training with the first team in preseason, Ellis was signed by Sporting Kansas City to a homegrown player contract. Ellis was the second homegrown signing by Sporting Kansas City after goalkeeper Jon Kempin, who signed as the first homegrown player in August 2010.

Ellis made his first-team debut for Sporting Kansas City on June 28, 2011, two days before his 20th birthday, against the Chicago Fire Premier in the US Open Cup, in which he came on as a 63rd minute substitute for Kei Kamara.[2] Sporting went on to win the game 3–0.

Ellis made his league debut in 2013[3] before spending several weeks on loan with Orlando City.[4] He scored his first professional goal in a 1-0 victory over Cruz Azul during the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of July 9, 2014[6]
Club Season League MLS Cup US Open Cup CONCACAF Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting Kansas City 2011 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Orlando City (loan) 2013 5 0 - - - - - - 5 0
Sporting Kansas City 2014 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Oklahoma City Energy FC (loan) 2014 4 0 - - - - - - 4 0
Career total 21 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 24 0

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