After Ola Kamara
, sold to the LA Galaxy for Gyasi Zardes and $400,000 in allocation, Crew SC acquired another stash of allocation money when it shipped Justin Meram
to Orlando City.
Columbus will get $750,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $300,000 in General Allocation Money and an international roster slot for the 2019 MLS season.
In total, the Crew, the
2017 Eastern Conference runner-up, has lost a combined 31 goals -- Kamara had 18 and Meram added 13 in 2017. Both players had asked to be traded in the offseason. Largest Allocation-Funded Deals (2018 Offseason): PLAYER (TEAMS, ALLOCATION MONEY) David Accam
(Philadelphia from Chicago,
$1,200,000) Darlington Nagbe
(Atlanta United from Portland, $1,050,000 + $600,000 conditional) Justin Meram
(Orlando City for Columbus, $1,050,000 + 2019 international roster
spot) Walker Zimmerman
(LAFC from FC Dallas, $500,000 + No. 1 allocation pick) Ola Kamara
(LA Galaxy from Columbus, $400,000 + Gyasi Zardes) Benny Feilhaber
(LAFC from Sporting KC, $400,000).
“We put a lot of effort into finding a solution that would keep Justin in Columbus for the 2018 season and beyond," said Crew head coach and
sporting director Gregg Berhalter
. "However, when another MLS club approached us with more than a seven-figure offer, we sat down with Justin to evaluate all of our available options and agreed
that this move was in the best interest of both the club and the player. The significant resources acquired with this transaction allow us to add a talented attacking player or two to this year's
roster as we look to return to the MLS Cup playoffs."
Meram is the third addition to the Orlando City attack that lost
to retirement and young Canadian star Cyle Larin
, whose move to Turkish club has been disputed.
The Lions sent forward Carlos Rivas
and center back
and $150,000 in TAM to the New York Red Bulls for midfielder Sacha Kljestan
. They also signed 19-year-old Paraguayan attacking midfielder Josue Colman
They return Dom Dwyer
for his first fill season after acquiring him in a then-record allocation deal ($400,000 in GAM, $500,000 in TAM, plus $700,000 in allocation money conditional on future
performance) for Sporting KC last summer.