KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former VCU Men’s Soccer standout Kharlton Belmar has signed a professional first team contract with Sporting Kansas City of the Major Soccer League (MLS) as announced by the club Thursday afternoon.
Belmar joins another former Ram, Andrew Dykstra, on the roster as well. He will be the fourth former VCU Soccer player to crack an MLS roster this year, as Dominic Oduro and Dennis Castillo are the other two.
This season, he has scored 10 times for the Swope Park Rangers in 2017, setting a club record for most goals in a single regular season. He has started 17 of 24 USL appearances during his first year with the team, bagging goals in four of his last six matches since Aug. 12. Belmar also played one game on short-term loan for Sporting KC, featuring in a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on June 28 in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16.
The Portland Timbers selected Belmar with the 34th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft before loaning him to Portland Timbers 2. He was named USL Rookie of the Year in his first professional season, tallying 12 goals and three assists, while also playing one game on loan for the New York Cosmos at the conclusion of the 2015 USL campaign. The forward notched an additional three goals and three assists for Timbers 2 in 2016.
A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Belmar spent a four years at VCU from 2011-2014. He amassed 18 goals and five assists in 76 career matches for the Rams, landing All-Atlantic 10 First Team accolades in 2013 and 2014. While at VCU, Belmar played for USL Premier Development League sides Mississippi Brilla in 2012 and Portland Timbers U-23s in 2014, where he recorded eight goals and one assist en route to Player of the Year honors.