MLS Deadline Day: Feilhaber, Accam and Jonathan Lewis on the move

Benny Feilhaber has returned to Sporting Kansas City, where he starred for five seasons, after 17 months at LAFC and Colorado.


The move was announced as MLS's primary transfer window closed. Riddled by injuries, Sporting KC is in need of held in midfield and traded Rwandan defender Abdul Rwatubyaye, a 2019 international roster slot, $50,000 in TAM and a natural second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. As part of the trade, Sporting has swapped positions with Colorado in the Waiver Order.

Colorado will retain the player's 2019 salary budget charge less the $250,000 of relief afforded to Sporting KC for Feilhaber, the season-ending injury replacement player for Rodney Wallace.

Feilhaber helped Sporting KC win the 2013 MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup titles in 2015 and 2017. He spent his first two MLS seasons with the New England Revolution after a career that took him to teams in Germany, England and Denmark. He last played for the USA in the 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago that knocked it out of the 2018 World Cup.
 
-- Winless Colorado acquired U.S. national team winger Jonathan Lewis from New York City FC for $650,000 in TAM in 2020 and a 2020 international roster spot.

Lewis played well enough for the USA in its first two friendlies under Gregg Berhalter that he was recalled for the March friendlies, but he played infrequently in his three seasons at NYCFC under Patrick Vieira and now Dome Torrent.

Rapids GM Padraig Smith on Lewis:“He is one of the best young attacking talents in the United States, a dynamic game changer with the potential to develop into an elite level attacker in MLS. His age, character and skillset fit perfectly with the type of player we want to bring to Colorado and with the plans we have for the future of our club."



-- The Rapids also acquired DF Lalas Abubakar on a one-year loan from Columbus Crew for $125,000 in 2019 TAM.

-- In need of attacking help, the Columbus Crew acquired Ghanaian David Accam from the Philadelphia Union for $100,000 in TAM $400,000 in GAM and an international roster spot for the 2019 MLS season.

Accam, 28, has 38 goals and 17 assists in five MLS seasons but he struggled in Philadelphia after his trade from Chicago. With the Union prospering with first-year players Jamiro Monteiro and Brenden Aaronson in midfield, Accam was expendable.

The Union signed 19-year-old forward Michee Ngalina from USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel. He has earned a call-up from the DR Congo youth national teams.

-- The New York Red Bulls signed forward Tom Barlow, a 2018 MLS SuperDraft pick out of Wisconsin who scored 18 goals in 34 USL games with New York Red Bulls II. Barlow started in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Montreal.

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