Trinidad and Tobago defender Daneil Cyrus has been signed on loan with American Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City.
Local club FC Santa Rosa agreed to loan the Tobago-born former National Under 17 and Under 20 player to the club which invited him to a trial in January. The loan transfer was completed today (Friday 15 July 2011) and Cyrus will join the club on Saturday.
"It's an opportunity that I have been patiently waiting on for some time," Cyrus told TTFF Media. "And I'm really grateful for the opportunity being presented to me by Kansas and also Santa Rosa FC. This is a new chapter in my career and I will work as hard as I can to perform at my best and help the club achieve the best results possible," he added.
Sporting Kansas City has pursued Cyrus’ services since December 2010 when he was spotted by the MLS club’s coaches at a series of trial matches staged for the club in Trinidad by FC Santa Rosa.
The 20-year-old Cyrus joined Sporting Kansas on trial in January 2011 but the clubs did not agree transfer terms. Discussion continued and the player will now join Sporting Kansas until the end of 2011, according to a statement from Santa Rosa which had also loaned Cyrus to Caledonia AIA last season.
Sporting currently occupies fifth place in the MLS Eastern Conference standings with 22 points from 18 matches.
Cyrus has 13 international appearances after making his debut for the T&T Senior team in May, 2010. He also appeared at the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in South Korea and the 2009 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Egypt.
Sporting KC acquires defender Daneil Cyrus
By Kurt Austin (sportingkc.com)
Trinidad and Tobago National Team defender Daneil Cyrus will join Sporting Kansas City on loan for the 2011 season, the club announced Saturday.
"Daneil is a young player that we have had our eye on for a while and we're glad to now have him join our club," Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. "He brings a new dimension to our defensive depth with his size and athleticism and we think he has a bright future ahead of him."
Cyrus, 20 years old and 6’3”, joined Sporting Kansas City for the 2011 pre-season after being identified by the club’s technical staff at a combine in Trinidad and Tobago in December 2010. He appeared in each of Sporting Kansas City’s first four pre-season matches in Arizona.
"It's an opportunity that I have been patiently waiting on for some time," Cyrus said. "And I'm really grateful for the opportunity being presented to me by Sporting Kansas City and also FC Santa Rosa. This is a new chapter in my career and I will work as hard as I can to perform at my best and help the club achieve the best results possible.”
He comes to Kansas City from FC Santa Rosa, whom he joined in March 2010 before being loaned to Caledonia AIA of the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League for the last two seasons.
Cyrus has 13 appearances for the Trinidad and Tobago National Team since debuting against Chile in May 2010. He also represented his country in the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Korea and the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt, appearing in all three of the team’s group stage matches at each tournament.
Cyrus has been added to the team’s roster and will occupy an international roster spot. In keeping with team policy, terms of the contract will not be disclosed.
Transaction: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) acquires Daneil Cyrus on loan.
Hometown: Plymouth, Trinidad and Tobago
Birthplace: Plymouth, Trinidad and Tobago
Citizenship: Trinidad and Tobago
Last Club: FC Santa Rosa (Trinidad and Tobago)