Sporting KC look like they're starting to angle themselves into a busy summer transfer window. Today the team announced the trade of midfielder, Michael Thomas to Toronto FC in exchange for a second round pick in the 2015 MLS Superdraft.
Thomas, a local product, had been acquired before the 2012 season from the San Jose Earthquakes for a 4th round supplemental draft pick. He'd been drafted by the Earthquakes in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLS Superdraft, but did not sign with the Quakes. Instead he went to Sweden and spent a few years there before coming back to KC for the 2012 season. He appeared in 7 games for KC last season in league play. His only appearance this year had been in the Open Cup against Des Moines.
Thomas was at or near the end of the depth chart when it came to central midfielders for KC. And with Mikey Lopez returning from the U20 World Cup there was going to be even more competition for playing time. So this deal makes sense from KC's perspective as it frees up a roster spot. I can't see KC leaving all these roster spots open, especially with the Champions' League coming up to congest the schedule more.