Oriol Rosell moved to Major League Soccer 22 months ago as a young Barcelona prospect that never got to show what he could do at the Camp Nou. After just 6 appearances for Barca B, the midfielder moved Stateside to Sporting Kansas City who offered him the chance those in Catalonia wouldn't afford him. And just two short years later, the now 21-year old will be playing Champions League football after a transfer to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.
The Puig-reg native quickly turned into a key player for Peter Vermes' side as they won the MLS Cup last season and was one of the most underrated players in the whole of the league, almost certainly the best defensive midfielder in North America during his time there.
And his form has been noticed by scouts and officials outside of Major League Soccer. Sporting finished 2nd in the top flight of Portuguese football last season only behind rivals Benfica who also made the final of the Europa League.
With that second placed finish the team automatically goes straight into the group stages of the Champions League, marking an incredible rise for Rosell who was struggling to even make the B side in the Spanish 2nd Division in 2012.
“We wish Uri the best of luck in pursuing this new opportunity," said Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman. "The perception from the outside might be that the timing is not great, but from the inside we believe that the timing is perfect. It opens the door for Uri and for us. Uri came from Barcelona B to Sporting Kansas City, won an MLS Cup and furthered his development on the field."
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but the transfer fee is rumoured to be around the £1.5million mark.