MLS Transfer News: Sporting KC acquires Andy Gruenebaum from Columbus Crew

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Overland Park, Kansas native Andy Gruenebaum is coming home after being acquired in a trade by Sporting Kansas City.

In a flurry of moves that moved so fast my head is still spinning, both Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew ended up with new goalkeepers.

Overland Park native Andy Gruenebaum was traded to Sporting KC from the Crew in exchange for a second round pick in the 2016 MLS Superdraft. This was right after Columbus acquired keeper Steve Clark who had just been signed by the Seattle Sounders earlier in the day.

This gives Sporting Kansas City three keepers for the 2014 season, Gruenebaum, Kronberg and Kempin. There has been no indication whether Gruenebaum will be the starter. It has been implied that he will be competing for the starting job with Kronberg.

This will bode well financially for Sporting KC since Gruenebaum is only guaranteed $93,000 in 2014, much less than Jimmy Nielsen's $210,000 salary. This leaves Sporting with some extra money to go out and fill the other roster spot that is available. They currently have 29 out of 30 filled.

All in all this is a very nice move for Sporting KC. They gave up the bare minimum they could give in order to recieve a competent MLS starter and it's a good financial move as well. Welcome home Andy.

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