Football: All Whites captain Winston Reid joins Sporting Kansas City on loan

Winston Reid will join Sporting Kansas City for the upcoming MLS season.
Winston Reid will join Sporting Kansas City for the upcoming MLS season. Photo credit: Getty

All Whites captain Winston Reid has joined Major League Soccer (MLS) side Sporting Kansas City on loan from West Ham United.

The club announced the move on Saturday (NZ time), although the length of the loan hasn't been disclosed. 

The move should allow Reid to play more frequently, as he hasn't played a club match since March 2018 when he suffered a severe knee injury and was stretchered off the field. 

Since the injury, complications have stopped him returning to the field, although he did play in the All Whites' 3-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland last November. 

Reid was also linked with Nashville Soccer Club before joining Kansas. 

Winston Reid in action with the All Whites.
Winston Reid in action with the All Whites. Photo credit: Getty

The 31-year-old becomes the seventh All White on the books of an MLS club for the coming season, joining fellow centre backs Michael Boxall (Minnesota United) and Bill Tuiloma (Portland Timbers), fullbacks Noah Billingsley (Minnesota) and Deklan Wynne (Colorado Rapids), midfielder James Musa (Minnesota), and forward Elliot Collier (Chicago Fire).

 In a recent interview published on West Ham's website, Reid stressed it would take time to readjust to the demands of first-team football

"I think you know, you get to a point when you're not just going to go straight in," said Reid. 

"More than anything else, it's about getting back into a rhythm again, getting back into a rhythm of training and doing all this, and playing and whatever.

"That's probably the toughest thing, because there's being back fit and available, and then there is getting back into a rhythm. It's fine now, the injury has healed now, there's no issues with it - so now it's about finding out where I am at on the pitch.

"As a team, we have been in this situation a few times. I understand that it's not about panicking.

"The players have to support each other, whichever player plays and then it’s just about being there."

The news that Reid will be getting game time will please ALl White coach Danny Hay with two fixtures in the March international window, away against Oman and Bahrain fast approaching. 

Kansas City are looking to rebound from a 2019 season that saw the club concede 67 goals en route to missing the playoffs.

Their first game of the new season takes place on March 1 against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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