Sporting KC acquires Nagamura from Chivas USA

Sporting Kansas City acquired midfielder round pick in the 2012 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.

Nagamura, 28, has spent the majority of the last five seasons with Chivas USA, with the exception of a short stint in Mexico with Tigres in 2010. He actually heads to Kansas City for a draft pick Chivas used to acquire Ryan Smith.

Chivas sent the first round supplemental selection to Sporting for Smith last week along with two more selections. Nagamura, who has also played for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Toronto FC, played 99 games and scored 11 goals during his time with Chivas.

"Nagamura is a player within the league that we have watched and targeted for a few years," Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. "We are happy that the timing has worked out, where we could acquire him from Chivas USA.

"His experience and leadership will be a valuable addition."

Nagamura, a Brazilian, started his youth career with Sao Paulo in Brazil, then spent time with Arsenal's youth side in England before making his debut with L.A. in 2005. He won the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup with the Galaxy in 2005.

"I am very excited to join Sporting Kansas City," Nagamura said. "I watched them the entire year during their run to the conference final and I'm happy to be part of the team, add depth to the midfield and fit right in.

"I will work 110 percent for the team to help reach our goal of winning championships."