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New England Revolution

Revolution sign French midfielder Wilfried Zahibo

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The club has added a potential starter beside Scott Caldwell.

The New England Revolution have used allocation money to add French defensive midfielder Wilfried Zahibo, according to a team press release.

Zahibo, 24, has plenty of European experience, having accumulated over 10,00 minutes during his seven-year career in La Liga (Spain) and Ligue 1 (France).

If not May for de Leeuw, then July?

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The Fire are in need of scoring punch and the transfer deadline pursuit of Kei Kamara by clubs like Vancouver and New Englandspurred fan hopes via social media that Chicago would enter the fray for his services. That was never likely, given that the Fire currently have all three Designated Player spots spoken for.

Major League Soccer

D.C. United trades the rights to Perry Kitchen to LA Galaxy for allocation money

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A former D.C. United player is going to LA, with United cashing in

In a long-rumored move, D.C. United has traded the rights to Perry Kitchen to the LA Galaxy for a combination of general allocation money and targeted allocation money. According to Jeff Carlisle of ESPN, it is $100K of general allocation money and $200K of targeted allocation money, which is a very good haul for a player who is not in D.

Transfer targets within MLS we think could help (not save) the Sounders

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Is the final piece of the Sounders roster puzzle already in MLS? Probably. It's not a pretty piece.

While the exciting signing, if it happens, would be another Designated Player or player requiring TAM money, there is a strong chance that the Seattle Sounders also acquire a player from within USA/Canada.

Sounders rolling in Allocation Money

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According to Kristian Dyer they are one of the top two teams in MLS.

Through various trades and sales, the Seattle Sounders stockpiled Allocation Money (both Targeted Allocation and General Allocation). Those funds can be used to pay down the salary cap hit for signings and/or pay a player over their reported salary.

Major Link Soccer: LAG might be after Andre-Pierre Gignac

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The Galaxy might be after the Tigres player.


The Washington Brewers Festival was last weekend, and this year's winners are out.

Meet Derek Johnson, Sounders U23 and Tacoma Stars player, and a real estate broker. Somehow the 24-year old balances it all.


DC United signed former MLS player Deshorn Brown.

Major Link Soccer: FIFA News Dump Edition

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In a continuing trend, more investigations into World Cup bids have begun amid continued higher-up resignations.


The common thought is that Seattle will use their targeted allocation money to pay down Ozzie's salary for another DP player, which Matt Doyle believes will go towards a scoring winger in July.

Philadelphia Union trades up to #25, selects Marcus Epps

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Union send the 42nd pick and $50k of 2018 Allocation Money

In one of the most MLS things to ever MLS, the Philadelphia Union called a timeout during the SuperDraft, traded picks with Minnesota United FC, and selected University of South Florida midfielder Marcus Epps. Confused? It's cool - we are too.

Report: MLS to Increase Targeted Allocation Money for 2017

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According to's Grant Wahl, Major League Soccer is set to give teams $400,000 of targeted allocation money each in addition to the $800,000 that had previously been announced last year. Since the cash-infusion comes in the form of TAM it will need to be used by teams to bring in or retain players whose salaries are over the designated player threshold.

Obafemi Martins leaves Sounders for China

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Seattle now has a Designated Player spot open.

With the season starting in just nine days Seattle Sounders FC will be without Obafemi Martins. Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League bought Martins from Seattle according to BBC Sport.

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins has joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in a multi-million dollar deal, BBC Sport can reveal.

It's Official: Portland Timbers Trade for Jack McInerney

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All of the rumored moves from the Portland Timbers have now been completed as the team today announced that forward Jack McInerney has been acquired from the Columbus Crew in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money.

McInerney, 23, has been in MLS since he was 17, playing for the Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact, and Columbus Crew before joining the Timbers.

Why does MLS make it so difficult?

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MLS adding to the Targeted Allocation Money for each of its teams raises a basic question. Why is it so difficult to explain spending? Read More

MLS Increases TAM, Homegown incentive

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MLS raises targeted allocation money while also handing out money for signing Homegrown players.

Wednesday, Major League Soccer announced that each club would receive an additional $800,000 in Targeted Allocation Money for the 2016 season and an additional $800,000 for the 2017 season. Previously teams received just $500,000 in TAM.

Sporting Kansas City

Some Soccer News for Jul 25, 2017

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It's Day 206 of 2017.

Minnesota United has announced that their new stadium in the St Paul Midway will be called Allianz Field.


#SportingKC has agreed to trade Dom Dwyer to Orlando City SC in exchange for $1.6 million in allocation money, $700K of which is incentives.

Sporting Acquire Targeted Allocation Money

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Sporting Kansas City acquired Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) today in a trade with New York City FC. In return Sporting is sending an international roster spot to the blue side of New York. The spot will return to Kansas City after the 2016 season is complete.

It was a spot that NYCFC needed to acquire as they have 11 internationals and only 10 international spots at this time.

Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo Acquire Allocation Money in Trade with D. C. United

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The Houston Dynamo received General and Targeted Allocation money along with a 2018 international pick and the #9 allocation slot in exchange for their #1 allocation slot in a trade with D. C. United

The Houston Dynamo are gearing up for the summer transfer window having made a trade that provides them with flexibility to make a quality signing and stability moving into next season.

Dynamo have big day at MLS SuperDraft

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Houston Dynamo select three players in SuperDraft

The Houston Dynamo selected Joe Holland, Jake McGuire and Danilo Radjen in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

The team kicked the draft off by trading the fourth overall pick in the SuperDraft to Portland Timbers FC for the 10th overall pick, $100,000 in General Allocation Money and a 2017 International roster slot.

Houston Dynamo sign and then trade Kofi Sarkodie to San Jose

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Dynamo acquire targeted allocation money from San Jose for Sarkodie.

On Friday the Houston Dynamo completed a sign-and-trade deal with the San Jose Earthquakes for targeted allocation money. In exchanged for the TAM the Dynamo signed and then traded defender Kofi Sarkodie.

The right back had spent five seasons with the Dynamo but was not currently on the roster for the Dynamo.

Portland Timbers

Timbers Trade Rodney Wallace’s Rights to NYCFC

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On Wednesday afternoon the Portland Timbers traded their rights to Rodney Wallace to New York City FC in exchange for $75,000 of 2017 general allocation money and $50,000 of 2018 targeted allocation money.

Wallace, 28, appears poised to return to MLS after a year abroad with FC Arouca in Portugal's top flight and Sport Recife in Brazil's first division.

Timbers Acquire Lawrence Olum from Sporting Kansas City

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The Portland Timbers on Friday acquired defensive midfielder and centerback Lawrence Olum from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for the Timbers' natural 2018 first-round draft pick and $50,000 in general allocation money.

Olum, 32, returns to Portland after seeing his role in Kansas City expand over the course of the last two years, logging 19 all-competitors starts in 2016 after returning to Sporting from Kedah FA in Malaysia.

The Mattocks Deal: A Measured Bet

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It's official: After three years of smoke there is finally fire to the Portland Timbers acquiring Darren Mattocks from the Vancouver Whitecaps, as on Monday the Timbers and ‘Caps completed the deal for the Jamaican forward in exchange for targeted allocation money in 2016, general allocation money in 2017, and a 2017 international roster spot.

Portland Timbers Make Darren Mattocks Acquisition Official

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The Portland Timbers have long been linked with Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks, and now they have got their man.

The Timbers announced today that they have acquired Mattocks, 25, from the Whitecaps for Targeted Allocation Money this year and General Allocation Money and an international roster spot next year.

Will Johnson to Toronto FC for Targeted Allocation Money, 2017 Draft Pick

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The move that has been inching closer and closer since Will Johnson told the press that his time in Portland is up has finally have arrived. The Portland Timbers announced today that Johnson is headed to Toronto FC for Targeted Allocation Money and a conditional 2017 draft pick.

That draft pick, according to our own Chris Rifer, could either be a first or second round pick in the 2017 MLS Superdraft depending on Johnson's goalscoring for Toronto.

Philadelphia Union

La Liga recap, MLS expansion to San Diego?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/15/16

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The links are easy like Sunday Morning.

Philadelphia Union News

Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin react to SuperDraft picks
Hear some thought on the Union's two draft picks from the men who selected them and will coach them.

Analyzing the 2017 Philadelphia Union schedule
This schedule looks more manageable than the one the Philadelphia Union had to go through last year.

Chicago Fire sign de Leeuw, Philadelphia Union receive Allocation money

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1.Add player to Discovery List, 2. ?????, 3. Profit

The Philadelphia Union may not be able to cash in on Zlatan Ibrahimovic should he come to MLS, but that hasn't stopped the team from profiting from the Discovery process altogether. Michael de Leeuw was one of a number of player shown in the picture of the Union's supposed Discovery List last week.


Fire add Juninho to midfield mix

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The Fire added another potentially important piece to the 2017 roster by signing former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho on loan from Club Tijuana in Mexico. In order to get him they had to move up in the Allocation ranking after Atlanta passed. Chicago sent their #3 Allocation spot, their natural second round pick in the upcoming SuperDraft, and General Allocation Money to Minnesota in order to complete the move.

Fire officially add Thiam via loan deal

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The arrival of Khaly Thiam in Chicago adds another midfield option for Veljko Paunovic. Thiam has been acquired on loan from Hungarian side MTK Budapest but in similar fashion to another Fire target, Michael de Leeuw, a competing MLS club held his Discovery Rights. In exchange for that, Chicago sent a conditional 2017 second round SuperDraft pick to the Columbus Crew.

Colorado Rapids

Jermaine Jones Traded to the Colorado Rapids

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Jermaine Jones traded to Rapids for natural first-round pick in 2017 MLS SuperDraft and general allocation money

Jermaine Jones has been traded to the Colorado Rapids for their natural first-round pick in 2017 MLS SuperDraft and general allocation money, according to a team press release.

Jones, 34, joined the New England Revolution as a Designated Player on Aug.

Sarvas To DC

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Stevben Goff is reporting and I've heard the same from other sources that Marcelo Sarvas has been traded to DC United for allocation money. Expect an announcement today or tomorrow it sounds like.

This leaves Powers, Cronin, and Powers to power (no pun intended) the center of the midfield.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Brad Evans prob fought in the Civil War though

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Also: the Jordan Morris saga continues.

Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Sadly, it is back to business as usual today, and soccer things keep keeping on.

Toronto FC acquire goalkeeper Clint Irwin from Colorado Rapids for targeted allocation money, draft picks |
I kind of love Clint Irwin.

A farewell for Zach Pfeffer

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The Philadelphia Union's first homegrown signing didn't quite live up to expectations, but he was still one of us.

It was announced yesterday that Zach Pfeffer was traded to the Colorado Rapids along with general allocation money for the second overall draft pick that eventually became Joshua Yaro.

Ongoing Superdraft Updates

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I'll update this pot as I'm able as the day goes along.

First move of the day is made.

Colorado sends Targeted Allocation Money to LA for the #12 overall pick. Interesting move, I wonder who we have our eye on.

The Rapids have just traded the #2 pick to Philly for allocation money.

Sounders pile up more allocation money after trading Marco Pappa to Rapids

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Marco Pappa is officially heading to the Colorado Rapids after a trade was announced on Friday. The Seattle Sounders will receive an undisclosed amount of Allocation Money in return, giving the team some much-needed salary-cap relief. The also got a combination of general and Targeted Allocation Money from D.

The Rest

MLS Draft 2018: D.C. United trades #3 pick to LAFC for allocation money

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The Black-and-Red opted out of the draft field to acquire some sweet, sweet cash

D.C. United came to the 2018 MLS SuperDraft with one pick, the third overall. But, as first reported by the Washington Post's Steve Goff, the pick was traded to LAFC before the draft actually began. United received $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).

Sounders receive allocation money for Tyrone Mears

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Veteran full back traded to Atlanta United.

Tyrone Mears has officially joined Atlanta United, as a trade was announced on Tuesday. The Seattle Sounders will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money as part of the transaction.

This is the second time this offseason that Atlanta has sent the Sounders GAM.

Johnson officially traded to Atlanta....and then traded again

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The deal has been in place for at least a week now but it became official today, Sean Johnson has been traded to Atlanta United FC in exchange for General Allocation Money. The expansion side then dealt him in anticipation of signing USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who is returning to MLS this coming season.

Sounders acquire more Targeted Allocation Money, sign rookie center back

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Sounders trade for TAM and an international spot with TFC, giving up General Allocation Money. Also add Tony Alfaro while confirming Damion Lowe's departure.

Tony Alfaro becomes the newest draft pick to sign with the First Team being announced today. Alfaro was a 2nd round pick out of Cal State Dominguez Hills and will replace loaned CBs, Jimmy Ockford and Damion Lowe, on the 1st team roster.

Why Obafemi Martins' transfer is unlikely to yield allocation money

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Shanghai Shenhua is rumored to have paid about $3 million for Martins, well short of what the Sounders would have needed to get allocation money. Allow us to explain.

Losing a player like Obafemi Martins is a tough pill to swallow almost no matter the circumstances. The Nigerian international scored 40 goals and had 23 assists in a little less than three full seasons in Seattle.

Fire trade to Shipp to Montreal

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Fire Confidential has learned that midfielder Player Harry Shipp has been traded to the Montreal Impact in exchange for a combination of General Allocation and Targeted Allocation Money. In his third season with Chicago, Shipp has had some ups and downs since signing as the club's third ever Homegrown Player in 2014.

Fire wrap trade heavy draft day with 3 new players

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Nelson Rodriguez's wheeling and dealing during the MLS SuperDraft has resulted in the addition of Stanford left back Brandon Vincent, North Carolina CB Johnathan Campbell, and North Florida midfielder Alex Morrell. By selecting Jack Harrison with the first pick, it also enabled the Fire to gain allocation money from New York City FC along with Vincent via trade.