Yesterday, MLS’s Tom Bogert reported that Sporting Kansas City had exercised the purchase option on Gadi Kinda’s loan contract to make his move from Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem permanent. Kinda has been a strong presence in Sporting’s midfield in 2020 appearing in 18 of KC’s 21 league games this year scoring six goals and adding four assists in that time. The Israeli citizen who was born in Ethiopia also earned himself his first senior national team call up for the September international window, but at the time clubs were allowed to turn down call ups of players and Kinda did not get released.
Given his play this year for the club, picking up the purchase option on the contract always seemed to be a foregone conclusion. In fact, back in January it was reported in Israel that it basically was a foregone conclusion and the reason Kinda was on loan in the 2020 season was because of MLS roster rules. With the reported transfer fee being $3.7 million it would make Kinda a Designated Player and Kansas City may not have been able to pay down one of their other existing Designated Players (Felipe Gutierrez, Alan Pulido, and Johnny Russell) this year to make the move permanent initially.
This is the second time this year that Sporting have reportedly exercised the purchase option on Kinda’s contract. Back in August when he was called up by the Israeli national team it was reported in Israel that Sporting had decided to purchase Kinda’s contract from Beitar and make the move permanent. At the time the transfer fee was also reported as the $3.7 million figure that was reported yesterday with the news.
Whether the decision was part of the initial loan deal announced in January, made permanent in August, made permanent in November, or made permanent whenever Sporting officially announces it, this is a good move for Kansas City. Kinda has been a great performer in the midfield and at 26 years old has been one of the younger players in Sporting’s front six for much of the year. His return in 2021 would give Peter Vermes plenty of options in the midfield with him, a returning Gutierrez, Ilie Sanchez, Gianluca Busio (if he isn’t sold over the winter), Roger Espinoza (assuming he’s re-signed as he is out of contract after this year), Felipe Hernandez, and Cam Duke.