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December 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Sporting KC completes deal for former Seattle defender Jalil Anibaba

Former Seattle defender Jalil Anibaba is now a Sporting KC man, his new club confirmed Friday morning.

As was first reported in the Kansas City Star on expansion draft day, Anibaba’s move completed a trade with Orlando City — who drafted Anibaba with its third-round pick on Wednesday — for veteran center back Aurelein Collin.

Anibaba, 26, played in 16 league games for Seattle this season, starting 14 and slotting in all over the back line to fill holes left by injury or DeAndre Yedlin’s World Cup hiatus.

“First I would like to thank Seattle, their coaches, players and fans for their support last year, and I am definitely excited to come to Kansas City,” Anibaba said in the team release. “I look forward to contributing to our championship-caliber team and am ready to get to work.

“I anxiously await playing in front of the amazing fans at Sporting Park. Being on the visiting end there numerous times, it will feel great to be on the right side and be a part of the incredible atmosphere.”

 

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