Sporting Kansas City announced in January 2020 that the club had acquired central midfielder Gadi Kinda on a one-year loan from Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem. Kinda’s loan comes with an option for Sporting to buy the player on a permanent transfer at the end of 2020.
2020: Earned Sporting KC Newcomer of the Year honors. MLS regular season: Started 16 of 18 appearances, scored six goals and recorded four assists (1,394 minutes played). Scored on his MLS and Sporting debut, curling home a left-footed stunner in the 39th minute of a 3-1 victory at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Feb. 29. Assisted Alan Pulido's opener and scored the third goal in a 4-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on March 7. Assisted Khiry Shelton's goal in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids on July 17. Scored an early goal in a 2-1 road win at Minnesota United FC on Aug. 21. Scored an excellent goal on an overhead kick in a 5-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo on Aug. 25. Assisted Erik Hurtado's first-half goal and scored a second-half goal in a 2-2 draw at Chicago Fire FC on Oct. 17. Scored a goal in a 4-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Oct. 24. Assisted Roger Espinoza's goal in a 1-0 win at FC Cincinnati on Oct. 28. MLS is Back Tournament: Started three of five appearances and recorded one assist (316 minutes played). Assisted Khiry Shelton's goal in a 3-2 group stage win over the Colorado Rapids on July 17. MLS Cup Playoffs: Made two substitute appearances (57 minutes played). Played 23 minutes in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Nov. 22, coming off the bench as Sporting defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 in a penalty shootout following a 3-3 draw. Played 34 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota United FC in the Western Conference Semifinals on Dec. 3.
Kinda has played over 200 matches in Israel since turning professional in 2011 at age 17. He arrives in Kansas City after starring as one of the Israeli Premier League’s best players during the first half of the 2019-20 season. Before his move to Sporting, the playmaker ranked fourth in the league with a team-best seven goals while also leading the side with four assists.
Born in Ethiopia and raised in Israel, Kinda joined Beitar Jerusalem in February 2019 and has played a leading role in the club’s turnaround over the last year, starting in 30 of 31 appearances in all competitions. After finishing 11th in the 2018-19 regular season table, Beitar Jerusalem currently occupies third place in the Premier League and won the 2019-20 Toto Cup Al last September with a 2-0 win over reigning champions Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Kinda spent the first seven and a half years of his professional career at FC Ashdod. He developed as a youth in his hometown club’s academy prior to landing an Israeli Premier League debut in September 2011 as a 17-year-old. He became a regular starter for Ashdod during the 2013-2014 campaign, notably scoring his first top-fight goal in a 3-2 defeat of Israeli giants Maccabi Haifa in September 2013.
Ashdod spent the 2015-16 season in Israel’s second division, but a strong bounce-back culminated with a Liga Leumit title as Kinda earned 27 appearances and helped his team finish atop the standings by a seven-point margin. Ashdod’s subsequent promotion to the Premier League saw Kinda tally seven goals and seven assists over the next two and a half seasons before his transfer to Beitar Jerusalem.
On the international stage, Kinda has represented Israel at the U-18, U-19 and U-21 levels. He featured in qualifying matches for the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship as well as the 2015 and 2017 editions of the UEFA Under-21 Championship. Kinda has yet to earn his first cap for the Israeli Men’s National Team but was selected to the senior squad for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying in fall 2019.