If you wanted more options for the Sporting KC attack, Sporting KC has answered your call. The club announced a trade today in which they sent defender Amadou Dia to the Montreal Impact in exchange for 23 year old Cameron Porter.
Transaction: Montreal Impact (MLS) trades Cameron Porter to Sporting Kansas City (MLS) in exchange for Amadou Dia
Dia was the 20th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by KC and had an immediate impact. He started the first match his rookie season and he finished with 1,317 minutes over 22 appearances. He was thought to be the left back of the future, but started struggling to get on the field for Vermes this season. T (as he was known to his teammates) was recently loaned to the Swope Park Rangers and was putting in solid minutes for Marc Dos Santos side. He solidified a defense and the Rangers have gone three games unbeaten.
The move may come as a surprise to some, but Sporting KC is struggling on offense and simply needs more options in the attack.
"Cameron is a player who we feel has a lot of upside," Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. "He can play multiple positions in the attack and it will be good to have another young player to develop.
The Ohio native was also a 2015 MLS SuperDraftee, picked #45 overall by Montreal. He tallied five appearances his rookie season. Three of which were in the CONCACAF Champion's League, where he scored one of the club's biggest goals in history in the 94th minute to send the Impact passed Pachua and onto the semifinals.
It was a very nice goal as well. SKC can most definitely use a touch like this out on the wing....
Porter tore his ACL and missed the majority of the 2015 season. But he recovered and was loaned to the USL club, FC Montreal, where he has started four matches since returning in June. However, his stats aren't exactly shining. In those four starts he has only one shot with 0 goals and 0 assists. That doesn't sound like much a spark for the offense.
I have mixed feelings about the move. I am definitely sad to see Dia go. I think he has some amazing potential, especially with the direction of Vermes. Dia was doing well with the Rangers. Although attacking depth was necessary, I can't help but wonder if the relationship with the player had gone sour in some way. But this team has has plenty of games coming up, and I do think that Porter is going to come in handy.
Can he help the offense? Is he worth losing Amadou Dia? Let us know what you think.