Friday, July 08, 2016

Sporting Chasing Another Hungarian?

It is silly season for MLS teams, the transfer window opened on Monday allowing clubs the ability to acquire players for the stretch run of the season. For Sporting KC, they've already made one move, signing Ever Alvarado as a left back, but most would argue that Kansas City still needs to find a goal scoring threat on the wing to take some pressure of Dom Dwyer. Now there are rumors that Sporting will be tapping into Peter Vermes' heritage for a winger.

Earlier today, Tomasz Mortimer, a freelance writer who has written for the BBC and ESPN Tweeted that there were rumors Hungarian captain Balazs Dzsudzsak would head for MLS instead of a rumored move to the Bundesliga and Schalke. Obviously in the past KC has found a couple players from Hungarian, helping revitalize Krisztian Nemeth's career, and signing Daniel Salloi as a homegrown player. That rumor was followed by another report out of Hungary claiming that Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls were the two MLS teams interested in Dzsudzsak's services this summer.

Dzsudzsak would certainly fill the goal scoring winger need for Kansas City, while the 29 year old only scored three times for Bursaspor, he has had success scoring, most recently in the Euro's with his country, where he scored twice in Hungary's 3-3 draw with Portugal that helped them advance out of the group.

While I would love for this move to happen and I think Dzsudzsak would fill a big need for Kansas City, I don't really see it. While KC has opened a designated player spot (which Dzsudzsak would certainly require to acquire him), the 4 million Euro price tag quoted by Mortimer would be a huge step up in terms of salary for Sporting KC. The club has never paid a player that type of money for a player. Meanwhile rumors out of New York about a splash signing would certainly seem likely to shell out the money. Also, turning down a move to a top five Bundesliga side that will be playing in Europe this season would be extremely tough for a play who had himself a good Euros. So while it's fun to dream about getting a Dzsudzsak jersey, I'm not running out to do it quite yet.

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