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Major Link Soccer: Sporting KC sign Martinique’s Kevin Parsemain

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The former Sounder returns to MLS. SKC also bring in a 15-year-old. Meanwhile, Yedlin is out for the upcoming WC qualifiers.

Soccer: 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup-USA at Martinique Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

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Major League Soccer

Sporting Kansas City have signed the second-youngest player in MLS history. Gianluca Busio is 15, originally from North Carolina, and is seen as a top prospect in any number of attacking positions.

SKC has also reportedly signed a certain former Sounder who had a great Gold Cup for Martinique, Kevin Parsemain:

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USA

There were already doubts about DeAndre Yedlin’s availability for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and now it has been confirmed. Although he is working his way back from injury, he just won’t be fit and fully ready in time.

World

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