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Philadelphia Union

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.

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.

Cristian Maidana, Andrew Wenger acquired by the Houston Dynamo

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The Houston Dynamo have announced a trade with the Philadelphia Union.

The Houston Dynamo announced that they have acquired midfielder Cristian Maidana and attacker Andrew Wenger from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for general allocation money, targeted allocation money and a first round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Official: Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger traded to the Houston Dynamo

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After days of speculation, the Philadelphia Union have traded Cristian Maidana to the Houston Dynamo for General and Targeted Allocation Money and a draft pick.

The Philadelphia Union have officially traded Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger to the Houston Dynamo for both General and Targeted Allocation Money, in addition to Houston's first-round pick (number six overall) in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Philadelphia Union acquire Chris Pontius

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Pontius's eighth year in MLS will be spent in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Union have acquired Chris Pontius in a trade with D.C. United, the club announced today. DCU will receive targeted allocation money and plain ol' allocation money, the amounts of which are, as always, undisclosed.

Report: Union acquire Chris Pontius from DC United

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According to Ives Galarcep, the Union have traded for midfielder Chris Pontius in exchange for allocation money

The Philadelphia Union have acquired midfielder Chris Pontius from D.C. United in exchange for allocation money according to reports from Ives Galarcep of Goal.com. The 28-year-old had been with DCU since 2009, but his playing time has decreased from his 2012 All-Star and MLS Best-XI winning campaign.

D.C. United transfer news and rumors: Chris Pontius will be traded to the Philadelphia Union

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United's longest-tenured player is heading a couple of hours up 95, with some allocation money coming south in the exchange.

The first major move of the MLS offseason appears to involve D.C. United, as Goal.com is reporting that D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius was being traded to the Philadelphia Union for allocation money.

Houston Dynamo

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.

Sheanon Williams traded to Houston

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BOOM! Sheanon Williams has been traded to the Houston Dynamo for allocation money according to several reports

Defender Sheanon Williams has been traded to the Houston Dynamo along with an international slot in exchange for allocation money according to several reports today. The deal frees up some much needed cap space for the Union, while providing Houston with a quality attacking full back.

Sporting Kansas City

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.

Sporting Player Salaries Released

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The MLS Players Union has released the first set of salaries for the 2014 season. As always these are probably a good base, but these probably are not the 100% number for many of the players. You have to remember that some salaries get paid down with allocation money, or retention funds (which KC used last year on both Matt Besler and Graham Zusi).

Portland Timbers

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.

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 | MLSsoccer.com
I kind of love Clint Irwin.

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.

Major League Soccer

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.

TAM: The sweet $37M elixir of Major League Soccer

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MLS just doled out a whole lot of Targeted Allocation Money. What it is and why it's brilliant.

TAM sweet TAM. The new elixir of MLS. The more I contemplate TAM and all the honey it adds to my afternoon tea, the more I realize its brilliance. MLS and brilliance. Two terms that are rarely written together, but there it is.

MLS expands Targeted Allocation Money

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MLS increases the amount of Targeted Allocation Money and money for Homegrown talent that teams will be able to utilize over the next two seasons.

Major League Soccer is pumping more cash into the compensation of its players. In an earlier announcement, MLS declared its commitment to invest $37 million in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to its teams for use over the next two seasons.

MLS Announces New Targeted Allocation Money and Homegrown Player Funds

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$37 Million to be spent over the next two years in MLS on player salaries including almost $10M on Homegrown Players.

Major League Soccer has announced a new annual Target Allocation Money (TAM) for all MLS teams for the 2016 and 2017 seasons as well as additional funds tied directly to Homegrown Players (HGPs).

Sounders just got nearly $2M of new money to spend on players

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League injects $37 million into Targeted Allocation Money and Homegrown Player budgets

Just as it was looking as though the Seattle Sounders' hands were going to be somewhat tied this offseason, now comes some potential relief. Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday an infusion of nearly $2 million of off-cap money to be spent over the next two seasons.

MLS Announces More Targeted Allocation Money for Everyone

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Like all champions in the US, the Portland Timbers come into this offseason with some big questions in front of them, but one that stands out in front of all the others: how will they keep the team that won the MLS Cup together?

Like all champions in the US, the Portland Timbers come into this offseason with some big questions in front of them, but one that stands out in front of all the others: how will they keep the team that won the MLS Cup together?

MLS’ Targeted Allocation Money fund is a flawed approach to growth

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After weeks of speculation, Major League Soccer revealed on Wednesday a new funding mechanism intended to encourage clubs to invest in players that cost more than the league's maximum salary budget charge of $436,250.

In essence, the league is enticing its teams to utilize both of their Designated Player slots in exchange for $100,000 of 'Targeted Allocation Money,' over each of the next 5 years, for use in paying an additional player more than the max salary.

MLS’ Targeted Allocation Money fund is a flawed approach to growth

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After weeks of speculation, Major League Soccer revealed on Wednesday a new funding mechanism intended to encourage clubs to invest in players that cost more than the league's maximum salary budget charge of $436,250.

In essence, the league is enticing its teams to utilize both of their Designated Player slots in exchange for $100,000 of 'Targeted Allocation Money,' over each of the next 5 years, for use in paying an additional player more than the max salary.

Montreal Impact

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.

D.C. United make first offseason trade, getting allocation money from Orlando City SC

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D.C. United starts the offseason by trading an international roster spot for allocation money.

The first trade window of the new season has opened, and D.C. United jumped right into it, according to people in Orlando. For the 2014 season, the team had 6 open international roster spots, having traded two to the Montreal Impact.

The Rest

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.

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.

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 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.

Why transparency matters for MLS

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Are you as tired of not knowing how much allocation money we got in a trade as we are?

"Per club and league policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed."

What a frustrating sentence.

As I'm sure all of you are aware, yesterday the Union announced two major roster moves.

Lamar Neagle traded to D.C. United

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Sounders will receive a combination of regular and Targeted Allocation Money.

Lamar Neagle is on the move, again. The Federal Way product has been officially traded to D.C. United, it was announced on Monday. This is the third time the Seattle Sounders have parted ways with Neagle, who was cut after the 2009 season and traded before the start of the 2012 campaign.