Sporting KC's announcement hinted at by Robb Heineman yesterday on Twitter has been announced. The team has acquired midfielder, Benny Feilhaber from the New England Revolution for allocation money, KC's 2014 first round pick, and their 2015 second round pick.
The midfielder spent the last season and a half in New England after spending most of the previous 7 years playing in Germany, England, and Denmark. In the past two years he's played in 52 games for the Revolution, starting 46 and scoring 5 goals over that period of time.
Feilhaber is a player that Kansas City had been interested in since he came to MLS. Kansas City was apparently interested in making a trade for him at the time the Revolution took him with their allocation spot. Overall the trade works out for both teams. KC gets a guy that they'd been after while the Revolution get something in return for a player that they weren't going to bring back. Some may say that it's a bit of a steep price for KC to pay, giving up 2 draft picks and what's likely decent allocation money for Feilhaber, and overall that's the one thing that I struggle with on this deal. But to get talent you have to give stuff up. And while KC has shown the ability to use their first round picks with success, it's hard to pass up a proven player like Feilhaber.
Feilhaber gives KC two national team level midfielders on their roster combined with Graham Zusi. Those two will cause a number of problems for teams and should continue to provide Kansas City with danger off of set pieces. The move could also allow Zusi more time on the wing where he's excelled at the national team level.
While it's a lot to give up, I like this move. Feilhaber seems like the perfect midfielder for KC's 4-3-3 system and Vermes will hopefully be able to get some of Feilhaber's character issues in check quickly.
And who doesn't love watching this goal.