Sporting Kansas City has another homegrown product.
Sporting announced Wednesday that it has signed 22-year-old forward Zach Wright as a homegrown player. Wright has signed a one-year contract with options for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Wright competed for the Sporting KC Academy U18 team during the 2013-14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy campaign before excelling at the collegiate level, where he amassed 15 goals and 28 assists and two College Cup appearances in four seasons at North Carolina.
"Zach showed a lot of improvement at North Carolina after playing for the Academy," Brian Bliss, Sporting KC director of player personnel, said in a press release. "We are excited for him to start competing with the team during the preseason."
Wright was the leading goal scorer for the U18 squad in his lone Sporting KC Academy season. He attended Blue Valley Northwest High School as a senior after moving to Kansas City from his hometown of Smithville, Texas.
From 2014-2016, Wright was college teammates with current Sporting KC defender Colton Storm, who joined the club last year as the No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Wright becomes the seventh homegrown signing in Sporting KC history. MLS established the Homegrown Player initiative in 2007, allowing clubs to promote youth academy players to professional contracts.