In a blockbuster move, Sporting Kansas City have acquired Mexican striker Alan Pulido from Liga MX side C.D. Guadalajara. Sporting Kansas City said Tuesday that the signing breaks the club’s transfer record.
The 26 year-old agreed to a four-year deal pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 visa. Pulido will count as a designated player and occupy an international roster spot.
“We are very excited to add Alan Pulido to our roster ahead of the new season,” coach and sporting director Peter Vermes said in a statement. “He is a winner, has a terrific work rate and embodies all of the attributes we value at our club. We also want to thank Chivas for being an incredibly professional partner and appreciate the relationship we have created with them.”
Vermes added: “Alan is ready for this new challenge and looks forward to getting started with us on the field in January.”
The Mexican international joins Kansas City after claiming the golden boot in the 2019 Liga MX Apertura with 12 goals. Chivas finished the Apertura in tenth place and missed the Liguilla playoff tournament.
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In 2018, Pulido — along with current San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda — lifted the Concacaf Champions League trophy. His goal against Toronto FC in the first leg of the final won the Champions League goal of the tournament award. The Mexican international featured as a finalist for the 2018 Concacaf male player of the year.
Pulido scored five goals in 13 appearances for the Mexican senior national team. At the U-23 level, Pulido captured the Concacaf Olympic qualifying title at Children’s Mercy Park in April 2012.