Sporting KC, Colorado Rapids, and Revolution Execute Trade

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KANSAS CITY, KS - AUGUST 18: Sporting Kansas City forward Diego Rubio (11) celebrates after his second goal of the first half of an MLS match between the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City on August 18, 2018 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Kansas City, Kan. (December 18, 2019)- Sporting KC have played part in a three team trade, with the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution also playing a part. The trade details are as follows: Sporting KC receive Kellyn Rowe, $200k in GAM and $100k in TAM, New England Revolution receive Edgar Castillo, and the Colorado Rapids receive Diego Rubio.

Sporting KC, Colorado Rapids, and New England Revolution Execute Trade

Three team trades are fun and wacky and so is MLS. They’ve come together in this love fest that has given a few players some fresh opportunities. We’ll start first with the Revolution.

Kellyn Rowe was too creative and technical a player to work in Brad Friedel’s system, so he didn’t get to play a lot. Not a lot of good, or positive came of that system anyways, so it’s no surprise he didn’t quite work out. Now, the New England Revolution have a legitimate left back in Edgar Castillo. Castillo was a lone bright spot in Colorado last year, and will provide some solid veteran leadership on the backline in New England. For being a defensive minded team, the Revs were bad defensively and a good left back could help. For the Rapids?

Well, the Rapids were terrible on the goal scoring front last year, and frankly the defensive end as well. But now they’ve added Kei Kamara and Diego Rubio, the leagues most efficient goalscorer last year.

Rubio, in my opinion would’ve worked really well in a two striker system, and if Colorado want to play a 4-4-2, doing so with Kei as the hold up man, with Rubio running off of him, it could work really well. On top of that, their need for a left back is still open, but a lot easier to fill with someone serviceable than the striker position. To win games, you need to score goals, and I think the Rapids have set themselves up well in that department.

And last but not least, for Sporting KC, they’ll get another backup wide player, and someone who could slot in centrally as a creative force as well. Kellyn Rowe can do it all, and he provides some more creative ability on the wings. Sporting have been on the hunt to fill out every position two guys deep in anticipation of the heavy schedule congestion they’ll face in 2019.

Adding Kellyn Rowe to the group of wide players does just that, and they did so in exchange for a guy they clearly didn’t see as being their top choice forward, with some added allocation money, which sends another message. To me, that message is that they’re going to try and add a big time striker, or have something already in the woodworks there. It may be TAM level, it may be at the full DP level. Either way, the money they acquired sends the message of some flexibility.


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