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In form and rising: Okugo heads to Sporting KC as Orlando picks up Carrasco

New York City FC v Orlando City SC

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 08: Amobi Okugo #5 of Orlando City SC dribbles the ball during an MLS soccer match between the New York City FC and the Orlando City SC at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on March 8, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. This was the first game for both teams and the final score was 1-1. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

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It seemed like a big trade at the time, but Orlando City’s acquisition of Amobi Okugo in December has fizzled in Florida, as the versatile 24-year-old defender/midfielder has been sent to Sporting KC in exchange for Servando Carrasco.

Early in the season Orlando shipped a 2016 second round pick and allocation money to Philadelphia for Okugo, a move that seemed like a lynchpin move for the expansion side. Okugo had played 117 matches over five seasons for the Union, and was talked about as a potential European target.

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So when Orlando nabbed him, it seemed like a coup. Okugo started the first nine games of OCSC’s MLS tenure, but has either been a substitute or unused in all MLS matches since.

Sporting KC got considerably stronger on Monday as the race to come out of a deep Western Conference heats up, while Orlando just saved money. Surely Okugo wanted out, as Orlando hasn’t exactly been swimming in healthy and/or available bodies.

For Okugo, it’s a reprieve from a bad situation. For Sporting boss Peter Vermes, it’s yet another solid weapon in his in form arsenal. KC has the best points-per-game return in MLS.

For Orlando, it’s an asset they weren’t maximizing. Could another signing be on the horizon?

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