Sporting KC signs Barcelona product Cristian Lobato

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The Spanish midfielder will be eligible to play for the Western Conference leaders when the transfer window opens in July

Sporting Kansas City has announced the signing of Cristian Lobato from Spanish second division side Gimnastic de Tarragona.

Lobato, 28, is a product of FC Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, and played two seasons with FC Barcelona B between 2011 and 2013. 

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“We’re extremely excited to be able to add Cristian to the roster,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a club release.

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“He is a versatile player who can play multiple positions in the midfield and across the front three. We weren’t sure if we would be able to add Cristian in this coming window, but our player personnel department did a fantastic job to solidify this acquisition."

Lobato made 12 La Liga appearances with Osasuna in 2014 before moving on to Asteras Tripoli in Greece. He then returned to his native Spain, where he played 49 matches in all competitions for Gimnastic across two seasons.

To make room on the roster, Sporting Kansas City waved right back Igor Juliao. 

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