The rumored acquisition of Gadi Kinda by Sporting Kansas City is now official. Kinda has been acquired from Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem on loan for one year using Targeted Allocation Money.
Sporting KC has an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of 2020. He will occupy an international spot on the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.
“He is a number 8 in the central midfield, he goes both ways for sure and has a really good engine, defensive responsibilities are very well ingrained in him and also he has some good attacking tendencies to get into the box. I expect him to fit into the way that we play, how fast it is I don’t know,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. “I’m happy that we were able to do this now, especially so he can join us here in preseason.”
Kinda is a box to box midfielder but gives Vermes some options with style and personnel on the field.
“I think that we have options now on all the lines is number one,” Vermes explained. “Number two is the ability to do other things in the flow of the game or for upcoming opponents because our league has changed with so many teams in the league. There is a lot of different influences of coaches now, not just from the United States but from all over the world and different styles of play. We are going to have to be adaptable to some of those situations sometimes. I think it is exciting for not only the players but the coaching staff because we are going to get tested as well.”
The 25-year-old Kinda was born in Ethiopia but raised in Israel where he has played more than 200 professional matches.
Kinda was in Kansas City on Wednesday but has joined the team in Arizona already to begin preseason.
There were numerous reports out of Israel that Sporting KC was paying $3.7 million as a transfer fee for Kinda. With the level of play in the Israeli Premier League, even though he was one of their best players, it would have made the move more financially risky. With it being a TAM level loan, the move makes more sense and if Sporting Kansas City wants to make it permanent, they will have more time to clear roster/cap space and understand the new CBA that will be in effect for next season.