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The Montreal Impact have continued to wheel and deal as Jesse Marsch shapes his roster, with the latest blockbuster coming Monday with Montreal dealing Seth Sinovic and an allocation to Sporting Kansas City for veteran midfielder Davy Arnaud.
The deal is a smart one for Kansas City, which gets back starting left back and hometown product Sinovic, while also parting with Arnaud, a captain who had lost his place in Sporting's central midfield. The allocation money secured in the deal (likely to be in the $75K range) should also help Sporting KC as it searches for roster reinforcements. (For those unfamiliar with MLS allocation money, it is essentially salary cap space, so when a team acquires say $100K in allocation money, that's $100K the team can apply to its salary cap).
Montreal always figured to deal Sinovic after landing three left backs in the MLS expansion draft. By adding Anaud, the Impact bring in a strong leader and locker room presence, but just as importantly, a tenacious central midfield presence who should push the likes of Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Bryan Arguez.
The Impact aren't done dealing. They are expected to talk trade with the Houston Dynamo for the rights to Brian Ching, and could still deal away another left back.
As for Sporting KC, the club has been linked to a winter move for a Designated Player, with a midfielder a strong possibility. Losing Arnaud won't hurt KC too much after the rapid rise of Graham Zusi and Roger Espinoza's continued improvement.
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