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Cameron Porter traded to Sporting Kansas City for Amadou Dia

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Impact sent CCL hero Cameron Porter to Sporting Kansas City on 12 July, where he joins another old Impact fan favourite, Justin Mapp. In exchange, the Impact receive sophomore left back Amadou Dia.

While it pains us at Mount Royal Soccer to part with the bright young hero from Princeton, this seems a smart move on the part of the Impact that will benefit the team and the player’s development. Behind Ambroise Oyongo, who is regularly absent for international matches, we have no true LB. Dia fills a necessary need for depth.

Ahead of Porter, we have Didier Drogba, Matteo Mancosu, Michael Salazar (who recently received votes in MLS’s rookie of the year), and depending on form, Anthony Jackson-Hamel.

If he hadn't lost last season to injury, we might not have drafted Salazar and this could be an entirely different conversation. Given the circumstances though, Porter simply wouldn’t have seen a lot of minutes this year (he hasn't seen a single league minute for the first team so far this year), and he will be better able to develop with SKC.

Good luck in Kansas, Cameron!