Barca defender heads to USA

Barcelona B defender Oriol Rosell is on the verge of moving to Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Sporting Kansas City.

Mundo Deportivo reports that the 20-year-old central defender has turned down several good offers from Spanish clubs to play in their reserves – most notably Valencia and Villarreal – in favour of a move to the United States.

Rosell visited Kansas last week accompanied by his agent Pep Setvalls, a former Barcelona player, and was impressed by what he saw, returning convinced that his best option was a future in an MLS that can now boast the likes of Thierry Henry, David Beckham and Rafa Marquez.

It is understood Rosell has been offered a two-year deal at Kansas, who have competed in the League since its inception in 1993 and are currently leading the Eastern Conference table with 36 points after 19 rounds of fixtures, three more than DC United and four more than New York Red Bulls.

Despite Barca having made it clear they do not want the player to leave, his inability to force his way into Eusebio Sacristan’s starting line-up last term – when he made just six appearances – means Rosell’s chances of progress at the Camp Nou appear even more difficult and he is now ready to try his luck in the States.

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