In the second move of the day, Columbus Crew SC announce they have traded midfielder Bernardo Anor to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money. This comes less than an hour after the announcement that defender Josh Williams had been traded to New York City FC for money as well.
Anor spent four years in Columbus 71 appearances and 48 starts after being drafted by the Black and Gold in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He scored 12 goals an registered three assists over the course of that time.
Anor appeared in 13 matches as a rookie, starting six of them, and earned MLS Player of the Week honors in his first start thanks to a goal and an assist - both the first of his career - against the Houston Dynamo. In 2012, the Venezuelan appeared in 11 matches before a torn ACL ended his season prematurely. He started all 19 games in which he played after returning from the injury in 2013, scoring four goals and registering one assist on his way to becoming the Crew's Comeback Player of the Year.
Under new head coach Gregg Berhalter, 2014 was a breakout season for the midfielder. Anor appeared in 27 games with 18 starts and finished with a career-best six goals while adding one assist. He split time between the left midfielder position and at left back, giving Crew SC options when other players missed time.
Anor departs for Kansas City fresh off the signing of a new contract. Berhalter said in a statement released by Crew SC that it was the dynamics of the salary cap and MLS Expansion Draft that forced this move - similar to the Williams one that proceeded it - and said he was happy Anor would be able to play in the league under his newly earned contract.