Kansas City, Kan. (February 8, 2017)- Sporting KC have sent backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for their natural 2nd Round SuperDraft pick in 2020.
Sporting KC send Andrew Dykstra to Colorado for Second Round Pick
Sporting KC have had a busy offseason, and sending Andrew Dykstra to Colorado might be one of the minor moves they’ll make. Dykstra played in the final four matches in 2017, as well as the playoff match against Houston. He played extremely well in their playoff match, saving a penalty kick in the dying seconds.
Sporting KC acquired Dykstra from D.C. United during the offseason in 2017. Dykstra was a former “MLS Pool Goalkeeper” along with current Sporting No. 1 and the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Tim Melia. He filled in admirably for Melia after he went down with a quad injury right before their final month of play. Sporting KC are just down to two goalkeepers under contract with them at the moment.
Colorado on the other hand, now has four goalkeepers in tow. Tim Howard headlines that group, with Zac McMath filling in as the backup, Dykstra, and SuperDraft pick, Thomas Olsen.
What this Means for Colorado
My initial reaction on this is that they don’t think Olsen is doing well enough in pre-season to warrant a contract. They could very likely sign him to Colorado Spring Switchbacks and hope he gets his levels up. For them to spend a draft-pick on a keeper, and then go trade for a veteran backup, just screams they didn’t draft well.
What this Means for Sporting KC
Sporting KC is always tinkering with draft-picks so I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up moving this pick they’ve acquired at some point down the road. On the Goalkeeper’s end however, I think this means two things. One, Adrian Zendejas has been playing extremely well the last few years with Swope Park. He was signed to a Sporting KC contract during last offseason, and has likely pushed himself into the number two spot.
Sporting KC like to use that number three spot on the goalkeeper depth chart as a developmental spot that they can sign to a two-way contract and play them with Swope Park to help their development. So if I may read into the future a bit, I believe they’ll end up signing Erick Dick to a contract, and loaning him to Swope Park Rangers to give him playing time and development.