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MLS Transfer News: Portland, Sporting KC, Colorado Make Moves, Villafana To Santos Laguna

Ethan Finlay #13 of the Columbus Crew SC makes a tackle on Jorge Villafana #19 of the Portland Timbers in the first half on December 6, 2015 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Portland defeated Columbus Crew SC 2-1 to claim the MLS Cup title. December 06, 2015| Credit: Jamie Sabau

A number of clubs are currently making moves today as the off-season continues. The MLS Cup Champion Portland Timbers, managed by Caleb Porter, are ready to send Jorge Villafana off to Luis Zubeldia‘s Santos Laguna of Liga MX, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl. The transfer fee is just under $1 million. Villafana, who began his career in 2007 with Chivas USA after winning the Sueño MLS competition, has 138 career appearances in MLS. He joined Portland ahead of the 2014 season. He now gets to live his ultimate dream of being a star in Mexico.

Also in the mix is Peter VermesSporting Kansas City, who have re-signed Seth Sinovic and Jon Kempin to new deals. Also, Kenyan international Lawrence Olum will be back to re-join the club in 2016. Olum was a member of Sporting KC from 2011-14.

“We are very excited to have these three players back in 2016,” Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said in a team statement. “Seth and Lawrence have extensive experience at the top level, while Jon has continued to improve each year with the club. Collectively they will help bring a winning mentality to the team.”

Sean St. Ledger, an Irish international, played in 12 matches for the Colorado Rapids, with  two assists in 1,048 minutes of action. St. Ledger has been resigned with the club, and per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Sean has become very important very quickly during his time at Colorado Rapids,” said Paul Bravo, vice president of soccer operations and technical director in a team release. “He brings experience and quality to the back line and we are very pleased to have secured his future at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.”

Finally, Micheal Azira, a former Seattle Sounder, will be joining Pablo Mastroeni‘s Rapids next season. Azira played in 25 regular season contests and one playoff game in 2014, featuring mostly as depth player in central midfield. He has also been capped by the Uganda national team. Azira was picked in the MLS Waiver Draft.

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