Aug 25, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids defender Kortne Ford (24) throws in the ball in the second half against Real Salt Lake at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting Kansas City signed two free agent defenders Friday, one a youth international left back from Belgium, the other a Major League Soccer veteran center back from Olathe, Kansas.

The newcomers -- bringing to four the number of free agents signed by Sporting KC this offseason -- are Logan Ndenbe and Kortne Ford.

Ford, 26, was born in Olathe and played youth soccer in the Kansas City area before moving to Colorado when he was 12. He He joined the Colorado Rapids Academy in 2012, representing the club at the U-16 and U-18 levels, and played three seasons at the University of Denver. He joined the Colorado Rapids in 2017 and started 33 of 35 MLS appearances as a homegrown player over the next two seasons. Ford missed the 2019 and 2020 seasons with an injury, then spent the 2021 season on loan to San Antonio FC, scoring four goals in 13 USL Championship regular-season appearances.

Ford signed an MLS contract for the 2022 season with options for 2023 and 2024.

Sporting acquired Ndenbe in a transfer from Guingamp in the French second division. Ndenbe, 21, has signed a three-year MLS contract through 2024 with an option for 2025. He will occupy an international spot on Sporting's roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 visa.

Ndenbe spent his first five professional seasons in Europe with Belgian top-flight side KV Oostende and French club Guingamp, making almost 50 professional appearances since 2017. He also represented Belgium at the U-17 through U-21 levels.

Sporting previously signed two other veteran free agents this offseason, Ben Sweat and Uri Rosell.

Also on Friday, the club announced that former Sporting KC defender Ike Opara, an MLS Cup champion and MLS Defender of the Year, has joined the Sporting KC II staff as an assistant coach. He will work on the staff of another Sporting KC alum, Benny Feilhaber.



Above photo of Logan Ndenbe courtesy Sporting Kansas City.