Zelalem transfers from Arsenal to Sporting Kansas City

GREENOCK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Gedion Zelalem of Rangers arrives at the ground during the Scottish Championships match between Greenock Morton FC and Rangers at Cappielow Park on September 27, 2015 in Greenock, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Midfielder Gedion Zelalem, a former Arsenal prospect whose career stalled, has transferred from the Gunners to Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City.

The 22-year-old tore a ligament in his left knee during the U.S. team’s opener against Ecuador at the Under-20 World Cup in May 2017. He has made just two first-team appearances since, for the Gunners in the League Cup in late October and early November last year. He has been with Arsenal’s under-23 team for most of this season.

Zelalem was born in Germany and grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. He made his debut for Arsenal in an FA Cup match against Coventry City in January 2014 and appeared in a Champions League group-stage game against Galatasaray the following December, but he never appeared in a Premier League match.

He was on loan to Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish second tier for most of the 2015-16 season, then to Dutch second-tier club Venlo for the second half of 2016-17.

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