Justin Mapp becomes first MLS free-agent signing, joins Sporting KC
Justin Mapp became the first free-agent signing in MLS history, joining Sporting Kansas City on Monday.
The veteran winger, one of a handful of players who qualify under the 28 years old/eight years of MLS experience guideline laid out in the league's new collective bargaining agreement, spent the last four seasons with the Montreal Impact. He previously played for D.C. United, the Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union.
Mapp, 31, missed the vast majority of the 2015 season with an elbow injury, appearing only five times. He has 23 goals and 70 assists in his 318-game career (including playoffs), and he'll provide Sporting Kansas City ample quality and experience on the wing in manager Peter Vermes's attack.
"Adding an experienced player of Justin's caliber is a great start to our offseason," Vermes said in a club statement. "He fits very well into our model of play and brings a lot of qualities that will help us reach our goals next season."