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MLS Ticker: Oduro traded to Impact; Busch returns to Fire; and more


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The Montreal Impact have received a dose of pace after a trade with one of their Canadian counterparts.

Forward Dominic Oduro was traded to the Impact on Tuesday by Toronto FC, which receives allocation money in exchange for the speedy Ghanian. Oduro, acquired by TFC last June, has made 252 career MLS appearances and scored 48 goals.

“This deal provided an opportunity to acquire financial assets that will allow us to continue to strengthen our squad,” said TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We’d like to thank Dom for his contributions to our club and wish him all the best.”

Here are some more of Tuesday’s MLS news and notes:


Jon Busch is set to return to the club that saw him earn recognition as 2008 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.

The Chicago Fire announced Tuesday that the club has acquired Busch, a member of the team from 2007-09. Busch most recently featured for the San Jose Earthquakes, for whom he made 147 appearances in five years.

“I’m very excited to be back in Chicago,” said Busch. “It’s a place near and dear to my heart, and I’m excited to play in front of Section 8 again. (Head coach Frank Yallop) took me to San Jose and I was thankful for that, and he’s the one bringing me back to Chicago, so I’m even more thankful.

“I know what kind of coach he is, he’s a players coach, I know what he wants out of his players, and I’m here to help him in any way I can, in the locker room and on the field.”

Busch, who was also named to the 2008 Best XI, recorded a league-high 10 shutouts for the Fire in 2008 while also leading the league in save percentage.


As training camp gets into full swing, Sporting KC has added two MLS veterans to the team’s ranks.

Sporting KC announced Tuesday that the club signed defender Kevin Ellis and midfielder Servando Carrasco. Ellis rejoins Sporting KC for his fifth season with the club, while Carrasco makes the move after spending last season with the Houston Dynamo.

Ellis’ best season with the club came in the 2014 campaign, as the 23-year-old made a total of 17 appearances.

“There is no place I would rather play than Kansas City,” Ellis said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play in front of my family and friends for the next few years and could not picture it any other way.”

Carrasco joins after making three appearances with the Dynamo last season. Prior to his move to Houston, the 26-year-old spent three seasons with the Seattle Sounders and scored one goal in 40 appearances.

“I’m really excited to become a part of this organization and I can’t wait to get started,” Carrasco said. “Having played against Kansas City over the years, two things instantly come to mind. One is the incredible support from the fan base and second is the style of play.

“It’s no secret that this is a team that wants to dictate the tempo of the game and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to learn the system and continue to grow as a player.”

How will Oduro fit in with the Impact? Excited to see Busch back with the Fire? What do you expect from Ellis and Carrasco with Sporting KC?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Lol, +1 to you both. Oduro definitely has some serious wheels, but has that Adebayor-esque trait where he can look absolutely unstoppable once in a blue moon but most of the time looks awkward and out of place.

  2. What is Toronto doing? Don’t they realize that this is not an even year so Oduro will score in bunches? The Crew knew that last year was not an odd year so they dumped him. Toronto is clearly getting rid of him at the wrong time….

  3. So I’ll just assume the Union have the most secretive front office ever, as there is no news of any signings coming out. Right? They’re just being super s quiet… yeah, that’s what it is… they’re just quiet.


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