Sporting Kansas City added a familiar face on Monday.
Sporting KC announced Monday that it has acquired forward Krisztian Nemeth from the New England Revolution in exchange for $250,000 in targeted allocation money, $100,000 in general allocation money and a natural first-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
Nemeth has been added to the Sporting KC roster and will occupy an international spot.
Nemeth, 29, returns to Sporting KC after tallying 16 goals and seven assists in 33 games for the team in 2015.
The forward from Hungary joined Al-Gharafa SC in Qatar in 2016 and has spent the last 12 months in Major League Soccer with New England.
"Krisztian is a player who has had success at our club and knows what goals we want to accomplish," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said in the press release. "We are excited to welcome him back to Sporting KC, and his familiarity with our system will help him acclimate as we continue to push for playoff positioning."
In his first stint with Sporting KC, Nemeth was named the club's newcomer of the year. He scored 10 goals throughout the 2015 regular season, earning MLS Player of the Month honors in May, and added a playoff goal in Sporting KC's penalty shootout loss to Portland in the Western Conference knockout round.
Nemeth also played a pivotal role in Sporting's run to the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, finishing as the tournament's top scorer with five goals. He scored in every Open Cup match from the Round of 16 onward, including a second-half equalizer in the final as Sporting KC defeated the Philadelphia Union on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Nemeth's five career Open Cup goals are tied for second-most in club history.
He has also played 34 career matches with the Hungarian men’s national team in international play.
Nemeth scored 13 goals across 26 appearances with Al-Gharafa SC. After one and a half seasons in the Qatar Stars League, Nemeth returned to MLS last August when he joined New England. He started seven of 21 league appearances for the Revolution, tallying a goal and three assists.
Nemeth began his professional career in 2005 at age 15 when he signed with Hungarian club MTK Budapest. In 2008, he joined English Premier League giant Liverpool and featured extensively for the Liverpool Reserves, where he scored nine goals in 12 matches. Following a brief loan spell at English side Blackpool in 2009, Nemeth continued his career in Greece with stints at AEK Athens (2009-10), Olympiacos (2010-11) and Olympiacos Volos (2011).
SPORTING WINS: Diego Rubio scored in the 74th minute and Sporting Kansas City held on to beat the 10-man Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Saturday night in Houston.
Gianluca Busio flicked Graham Zusi's ball in front of Rubio, who caught it with a chest trap and finished with a right-footed shot. The 16-year-old Busio was making his first MLS start.
Houston's Alejandro Fuenmayor was sent off in the 14th minute for excessive contact with Busio during an aerial challenge.
Sporting KC (10-6-6) snapped a two-game skid and a five-game winless streak. Houston (7-9-6) lost its third in a row.