The departure of Israeli midfielder Gadi Kinda from Sporting Kansas City certainly leaves a noticeable void. The club officially relinquished a Designated Player spot with the midfielder's move to the Israeli club Maccabi Haifa, marking the end of an era for SKC fans.
Kinda, known for his offensive skills and crucial contributions on the field, leaves behind an impressive career at Sporting KC. Despite missing the entire 2022 MLS season due to a knee injury, the 29-year-old player accumulated 14 goals and 16 assists in 64 regular-season games, solidifying his position as a key player on the team.
The club's official statement highlighted that Kinda received a legitimate offer during the year-end roster update, making his departure inevitable. His journey with Sporting KC began with a loan from Beitar Jerusalem and evolved into a permanent transfer, symbolizing the significant impact he had on the club.
One of Kinda's standout moments on American soil was during the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs, where his brilliant performance, including a goal and two assists in a 4-1 away victory, contributed to the surprising elimination of the top contender, St. Louis CITY SC, in the first round of the Best of 3 series.
The 2024 season kicks off on February 24 against the Houston Dynamo, marking the beginning of a new era for the club without the presence of the talented Israeli midfielder.