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A product of Barcelona's youth system, the 26-year-old has a wealth of experience in the Spanish and German lower leagues.

Sporting Kansas City has signed 26-year-old Spanish midfielder Ilie Sanchez on a two-year deal, the club announced Friday. 

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Sanchez is a product of Barcelona's famed La Masia youth academy and has spent the majority of his career playing in the Spanish and German second divisions, bouncing between Barcelona B, 1860 Munich and CF Elche. 

“Ilie is a player we have been interested in and followed for a long time,” Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said in a team release. “We are very fortunate to add him to our roster as we get ready for the 2017 season.”

Sporting KC will open MLS play with a road match against D.C. United on March 4.

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