Sporting Kansas City acquires defender Jalil Anibaba

Sporting Kansas City has taken the first step in building defensive depth after letting go of MLS Cup 2013 MVP Aurelien Collin by acquiring former Seattle Sounder defender Jalil Anibaba.

Collin was traded to Orlando City SC just yesterday. Sporting received allocation money and “future considerations” from the deal.

Sam McDowell, of the Kansas City Star, reported today that those future considerations would be Orlando’s pick in the Expansion Draft. Orlando’s third pick in the Expansion Draft was Anibaba, who was then sent to Kansas City.

Anibaba was an important center back for the Chicago Fire earlier in his career, then was traded to Seattle. He will provide depth for Sporting at both the center back and right back positions. With Chance Myers coming back from an ACL injury, Anibaba can be relied on to over in case Myers doesn’t come back 100 percent.

Essientially, Orlando traded Sporting KC Anibaba and allocation money for Aurelien Collin. Although Collin has consistently been one of the best center backs in the league, Sporting was not going to be able to sign Collin to a new contract due to cap constrictions.

This is a good move for Sporting, and suggests that Ike Opara might be the team’s starting center back in 2015.

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