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Sporting KC acquires defender Jalil Anibaba to complete trade for Aurelien Collin

Sporting KC has acquired Jalil Anibaba (left).
Sporting KC has acquired Jalil Anibaba (left). AP

Sporting Kansas City acquired former Seattle Sounders defender Jalil Anibaba on Wednesday to complete a trade with Orlando City SC.

Orlando City selected Anibaba with the sixth pick of the MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday, then shipped him to Sporting KC to serve as the “future considerations” in Monday’s trade involving Aurelien Collin.

Sporting KC also received allocation money in exchange for Collin, a four-year veteran defender.

Later in Wednesday’s expansion draft, New York City selected former Sporting KC forward Sal Zizzo in the ninth round. Sporting KC declined an option on Zizzo last month, and Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said it was unlikely the club would approach him about a revised contract.

Anibaba, 26, will bring a wealth of experience — and versatility — to a Sporting KC back line that was depleted by injuries and international absences last season. He started 14 games with the Sounders last season after starting all 34 MLS games with the Chicago Fire in 2013.

Anibaba has made 112 league appearances in his four seasons. He can serve as a central defender or right back.

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