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Sporting KC makes Mapp first free-agent signing in MLS

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 14, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.



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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City signed veteran Justin Mapp on Monday, making the midfielder the first free agent to sign a contract in Major League Soccer history.

The league introduced free agency in the collective bargaining agreement signed this year.

The 31-year-old Mapp has scored 23 goals with 70 assists in 318 games with D.C. United, Chicago, Montreal and Philadelphia. He also earned eight appearances with the U.S. national team from 2005-07, including three games during the Copa America in 2007 in Venezuela.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said that Mapp "fits very well into our model of play and brings a lot of qualities that will help us reach our goals next season."

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