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Impact trades defender Soumare to Dallas for Canadian midfielder Bekker

Montreal Impact's Donny Toia, left, celebrates with teammates Bakary Soumare (5) and Laurent Ciman (23) after scoring against Orlando City SC during first half MLS soccer action in Montreal, Saturday, June 20, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact dealt unhappy defender Bakary Soumare to FC Dallas for Canadian midfielder Kyle Bekker on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Bekker, from Oakville, Ont., was drafted third overall by Toronto FC in the 2013 SuperDraft and was dealt to Dallas for allocation money before this season.

Bekker played eight times, twice as a starter, for Dallas this season and picked up his first career assist in a June 19 game against Colorado.

He has played 37 regular season matches in three MLS campaigns.

Since making his national team debut in 2013 against Denmark, the five-foot-10 Bekker has played 16 times for Canada, including 10 starts.

He played in the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cup tournaments and earned his first assist March 27 against Guatemala.

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“We are happy to bring a young Canadian player to our team who has a lot of potential,” Impact technical director Adam Braz said in a statement.

Soumare, 29, who had lost his starting job in the central defence, requested a trade this week.

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