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Sporting KC gives new deals to Tim Melia, Ike Opara, Danilel Salloi

Ike Opara is staying with Sporting Kansas City on a new contract.

Sporting Kansas City locked up goalkeeper Tim Melia, defender Ike Opara and forward Daniel Salloi to new contracts on Tuesday.

Melia, who was named the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year last season in his third campaign with the club, has committed his future to Sporting KC for another three years until 2020.

Opara, the league reigning Defender of the Year, was also rewarded with a new two-year deal with an option for 2020. The 29-year-old made his U.S. national team debut last month.

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Jordan Morris discusses what it's like taking on the role of leader and mentor for the U.S. national team in January camp.

The United States men's national team kicks off its 2018 campaign with a match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET). Interim head coach Dave Sarachan brought a young, inexperienced group into January camp, including 10 players who are getting their first senior team call.

To help you get to know this new crew, we gathered notes about who they are and talked to a few experts and former professionals about where these players might fit into the American player pool.

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Sporting KC's Ike Opara named MLS Defender of the Year

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Ike Opara won the 2017 MLS Defender of the Year award.

MLS named Sporting Kansas City center-back Ike Opara the Defender of the Year on Thursday.

Opara made 30 league appearances this season, while Sporting KC only managed to earn a single point in the four games that he was out of the lineup. With him, they won 12, drew 12 and lost six.

The 28-year-old also scored three league goals, tied for second among defenders, and added another two in the U.S. Open Cup as Sporting KC won the trophy.

Sporting KC has qualified for the playoffs every year since...

 By Arch Bell

Romain Alessandrini, Tim Melia among biggest MLS All-Star snubs

The MLS All-Star roster is now complete with the announcement of the 13 players who will be joining the MLS All-Star Fan XI that was announced just under two weeks ago.

Here are some thoughts on the group that has been selected to square off against mighty Real Madrid in Chicago on Aug. 2.

1. Selections raise eyebrows

Between the fan-selected XI and the roster additions made public on Tuesday, there are a few players headed to Chicago who are taking spots from some more deserving players.



Who scored the goal of Week 17 in MLS? Vote now!

Relive the top goals from Week 17 throughout Major League Soccer.

Ike Opara, David Accam, Fafa Picault, Jack Harrison or Patrick Nyarko -- who scored the MLS Goal of the Week?

Watch the highlights for all of the entries, then vote! The poll is open until Thursday.

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

 By Matt Pentz

Sporting KC's team defense delivers consistent success in topsy-turvy MLS

Go behind the scenes with Sporting Kansas City's equipment crew for a look at the work they do during training.

"Benny said that?" Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes asked.

"Benny wouldn't have said that in 2013. So either we've brainwashed him, or it's something that he really believes."

A day earlier, Benny Feilhaber had ascribed Kansas City's consistent success, at least in part, to a commitment to team defense. That even Feilhaber, who arrived four years ago as a stereotypically attack-minded playmaker, sees it that way is testament to just how deeply Vermes' principles have taken root.