Sporting Kansas City continued to make major steps toward rebuilding for the 2015 season, trading forward C.J. Sapong to the Philadelphia Union and acquiring Columbus Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor, the club announced Monday.
Anor was acquired from the Crew in exchange for allocation money, while Sapong was traded in exchange for the Union's No. 10 overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Sapong himself was a No. 10 pick in the 2011 SuperDraft by Kansas City.
Sapong's Sporting career started strong, as the James Madison product scored 17 goals across all competitions in his first two seasons and earned two caps with the U.S. national team. However, the 25-year-old's production has tapered off, as he saw less time on the field with just six goals to his name over the past two seasons. With the move, Sporting Kansas City now has three picks (Nos. 10, 12 and 20) in the first round of the 2015 SuperDraft, while the Union will not have a pick until the middle of the second round.
Anor, 26, made 71 appearances, scoring 12 goals with Columbus after being drafted in the third round (No. 48 overall) in the 2011 SuperDraft. The Venezuelan youth international enjoyed the best season of his career in 2014, setting personal bests in appearances (27) and goals (six).
Also on Monday, the 2013 MLS Cup champions traded defender Aurelien Collin to Orlando City.