A 'very special personal situation' prompts Maxime Crepeau's trade to LAFC

Canadian Maxime Crepeau became the latest player to move within MLS on a $1 million GAM deal when LAFC acquired him from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for $1 million in General Allocation Money (GAM), plus a natural first round pick in the 2025 MLS SuperDraft and conditional GAM.

The Whitecap will receive $250,000 in 2022 GAM, $250,000 in 2023 GAM and $500,000 in GAM between 2023, 2024 and/or 2025. They also will retain a percentage of the transfer fee if Crepeau is moved to an international club. 

Crepeau, 27, helped the 'Caps make the playoffs in 2021, recording a career-high six shutouts in 27 appearances. He was named the Whitecaps' Player of the Year in 2019 and 2021. He is a native of Quebec and started his career at the Montreal Impact academy. He has started four of Canada's 14 World Cup 2022 qualifiers.

Vancouver sporting director Axel Schuster said a "very special personal situation" prompted Crepeau's desire to not extend his stay in Vancouver.

Goalkeeping has been an issue for LAFC over the last two seasons. Its only other keeper on its roster for the 2022 season is 21-year-old Tomas Romero. In his first MLS season, Romero started 18 games in 2021.

MLS: Offseason signings (Wednesday-Thursday)
Colorado. Signed MF Bryan Acosta from FC Dallas after selecting him in Re-Entry Draft (Stage 2).
FC Dallas. Acquired GK Maarten Paes on loan from FC Utrecht (Netherlands) until July 2022.
Inter Miami. Acquired FW Emerson Rodriguez from Millonarios (Colombia) for transfer fee (U22 Initiative).
* Signed FW Leonardo Campana on loan from Wolves (England).
LAFC. Acquired GK Maxime Crepeau from Vancouver for $1 million in GAM, a natural first-round pick in 2025 SuperDraft and conditional GAM.
NY Red Bulls. Acquired MF Jesus Castellano from Yaracuyanos (Venezuela) for transfer fee.
• Signed FW Zach Ryan from Stanford Univ. (Homegrown Player).
• Signed FW Jake LaCava from New York Red Bulls II and loaned him to Tampa Bay Rowdies.
NYCFC. Signed FW Jonathan Jimenez from Univ. of North Carolina (Homegrown Player).
• Signed DF Nicholas Benalcazar from Wake Forest Univ. (Homegrown Player).
• Signed DF Samuel Owusu (Homegrown Player).
Sporting KC. Acquired CB Robert Voloder from NK Maribor (Slovenia) for transfer fee.

6 comments about "A 'very special personal situation' prompts Maxime Crepeau's trade to LAFC".
  1. R2 Dad, January 21, 2022 at 1:08 a.m.

    I am going to take a wild guess and say greencard.

  2. Radwan Muscat, January 21, 2022 at 10:16 a.m.

    I doubt it very much.

  3. Santiago 1314, January 21, 2022 at 12:07 p.m.

    Probably Un-Vaccinated,,, That's a NO-NO in Canada... 
    I don't think you can Cross the Border without Proof...

  4. R2 Dad replied, January 21, 2022 at 2:21 p.m.

    That makes more sense. Still, can he cross the border without a vax card and negative test results? 

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, January 21, 2022 at 4:07 p.m.

    "Foreign Nationals who don't Qualify as Fully Vaccinated will only be allowed to enter in Specific circumstances." ... Doesn't say anything about Tests on their website.
    MUST wear a Mask in Public and Keep a List of all Contacts for 14 days.
    Gonna be hard to play, wearing that Mask.!?!?!?... jajaja

  6. James Geluso, January 21, 2022 at 11:36 p.m.

    So he had a crush on a woman, but she was engaged to someone else, and he told her how he felt but she's still going to marry the other guy, so he just needs to transfer to Stamford, I mean LAFC...

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