Sporting Kansas City have signed the captain and are forwarding Johnny Russell to a brand new contract till 2023 with an choice for 2024, the membership introduced on Friday.
Russell first joined the Western Conference group from Championship aspect Derby County on January 31, 2018. The participant initially signed a three-year contract with an choice for 2021.
Since his arrival, the ahead has scored 35 objectives and 37 assists in 120 video games in all competitions. He has helped Sporting attain the highest of the Western Conference standings in 2018 and 2020, with the membership now striving to safe first place for the third time in 4 seasons.
“We loved that he was so dangerous with his ability to influence and change the game on his own,” mentioned head coach Peter Vermes. “He was able to eliminate defenders from the dribbling. Everyone thinks there are a lot of guys who can do it, but it’s a skill, it’s an art. The two things were eye-catching.”
“What I did not know was how great a personality he had and the leadership qualities that I am not sure he even knew he had,” Vermes added.
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– Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) September 30, 2021
The Sporting Kansas City participant additionally expressed his appreciation for the captain. Forward Khiry Shelton detailed particularly the influence Russell has on and off the pitch.
“On the pitch, he does what Johnny does,” ahead Khiry Shelton mentioned of the 31-year-old. “He makes gigs happen, which seeps into the team. It’s just amazing what he does. I’m glad he stays longer, I’m excited. He’s his own person, he knows himself. He’s established himself in it. “The management function. Everyone seems to be as much as him. They nourish his power.”
Russell’s debut season made him the fourth Kansas City player to hit 10 goals and 10 assists in a single regular season after finishing the year with 12 goals and 13 assists in all competitions, earning the team’s Offensive Player of the Year awards.
Russell was again named Sporting’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, scoring nine goals and 11 assists and helping the team advance to the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League for the first time ever.
The team is currently in second place in the Western Conference with 49 points in 27 games, a victory behind the New England Revolution in first place.