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Sporting KC defender Igor Juliao
Sporting KC defender Igor Juliao. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sport /

Sporting KC Top Players To Watch: #6

Igor Juliao – Defender

Despite having spent time with Sporting KC before, Igor Juliao is not a household name for fans. However, he is going to become a much more prominent figure as he replaces Chance Myers on the back line. When it became clear that Myers was leaving the club, Sporting made efforts to find a replacement. Getting Juliao on loan from Fluminense of the Brazilian Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.

Igor Juliao is not considered an international star by any means. However, he will be bringing a good deal of experience, and is likely to be filling in a major role. Sporting KC relies a lot on its defense, so there can’t be any major cracks in the armor. Kansas City needs to remain a top defensive club this year.

Ultimately, Sporting KC is looking for someone else to become a long-term answer on the back line. However, we will likely be seeing a lot of Igor Juliao until that happens. Loan players can be an effective tool for a team trying to take the next step. Hopefully this one pays off.