international slot

Portland Timbers

Timbers swap international roster spot with D.C.; get richer

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When the story of the 2018 MLS offseason is written, it will have to include something about the Portland Timbers and D.C. United swapping international roster spots.

For the third time this winter, the Timbers and D.C. have included an international spot in a trade. This time, the Timbers sent a 2018 international spot to D.

It's Official: Portland Timbers Sign Zarek Valentin

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The Portland Timbers added their first piece of the new year today, announcing the signing of defender Zarek Valentin. Although Valentin, 24, was added on a free transfer, the Timbers were forced to trade an international slot to the Montreal Impact for his MLS rights, which the Canadian side held following his departure from the league in 2013.

Philadelphia Union

Union grab $175k for international roster spot from NYCFC; Blake and Ilsinho get green cards

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This adds to a pretty hectic day in Chester

The quick and dirty here? Philly gets $175,000 from a conference rival all while gaining a net of one international slot.

First let's look at the international slot that changes hands.

The Philadelphia Union give New York City FC one 2018 International slot for $175,000 dollars of General Allocation Money.

Vincent Nogueira gets his green card

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The French midfielder now will no longer occupy an international roster space for the Philadelphia Union.

Philadelphia Union press officer Chris Winkler announced via Twitter that Philadelphia Union midfielder Vincent Nogueira has received a green card, thus freeing up a valuable international slot for the Union.

The Rest

Bethlehem Steel sign Olivier Mbaizo

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The Cameroonian defender was a teammate of Eric Ayuk at the Africa U20 Cup of Nations

Not to start off with a shameless self plug, especially during player signing things but here's that international player I alluded to on the USL Show.

Bethlehem Steel FC needed a right back that they wouldn't have to share with the Union and now they have their man.

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.

Are the Dynamo interested in Colombian-international attacker?

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With an international spot open and Matt Jordan scouting in Argentina, speculation is (reasonably) rampant.

On Friday, the Houston Dynamo made a roster move: they waived oft-injured center back Agus, a Spaniard who has not played a minute this year after making eight starts in 2016. Having turned 32 last month, he didn't seem to have had much of a future role with the Dynamo, so the move wasn't completely surprising.

Tyrone Mears' green card means two open international spots

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Now that Tyrone Mears is a permanent resident of the USA (holds a green card) the Seattle Sounders have two international spots open. The club also has roster space for two signings of any kind, as well as space for another Designated Player.

Today's announcement means that the following players are considered internationals - Oalex Anderson, Oniel Fisher, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz, Joevin Jones, Román Torres and Nelson Haedo Valdez.

Rapids Trade Money for Money and International Slot

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Colorado just announced that they've traded general allocation money to San Jose for an international spot and targeted allocation money.

Interesting move. TAM can be used to sign a player making between the salary max and $1 million or to buy a DP down below the DP limit. Tim Howard wouldn't qualify for either one and I don't think we'd could buy down Gashi or Doyle that much.

Where should the Rais M’Bolhi money be spent?

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With Rais M'Bolhi - and his gargantuan salary and wasted international slot - firmly in the past, the Union have several options available to them.

Rais M'Bolhi is gone, replaced with $350,000 of salary cap space and an international slot. Even though the international transfer window has closed for the year, the Union still can acquire players by signing free agents (see: Tranquillo Barnetta) or making deals domestically until September 15.