News in Brief: Nagbe’s Record Breaking Trade, Allianz Field Construction Progresses, and More

by on 14 December 2017

MLS offseason moves

We find ourselves among a flurry of MLS offseason moves this week, starting with the MLS Waiver Draft. Only two players were selected by clubs today, with the remaining eligible players now free to sign with whomever they choose.

MLS announced late last week an increase to Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) by a total of $1.2 million in comparison to the 2017 allotment. In addition, MLS teams will be able to spend an extra $2.8 million of their own funds as TAM. This influx of cash has already begun to exchange hands, with Atlanta United sending a potential total of $1.65 million in allocation money to Portland Timbers in exchange for midfielder and U.S. International Darlington Nagbe. The announced deal is expected to be the richest trade in MLS history. Portland is also expected to announce the signing of former New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese.

Interested in seeing how salary spending has changed over the last decade in MLS? Take a look at this sweet interactive graph.

Allianz Field construction update

Construction continues to make progress at the future site of Allianz Field. Structural steel first installed in the southeast corner of the stadium now wraps around the south side, with steel along the east side expected to start going in after the new year.

News bits


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  • Troy Kadlec

    It’s been interesting to see the different way which the expansion teams deal with allocation monay, trades and the finances of MLS in general. I’m extremely interested in seeing how the Nagbe-Almiron midfield looks next year and how long Atlanta can keep this up. At some point, you have to wonder if the big contracts will have a longer term negative impact on Atlanta’s roster or if they will wheel and deal successfilly year after year. An injury, an unhappy locker room, or lack of success on the pitch could turn a great situation into a rough one. Or, it could be a blueprint the rest of MLS needs to learn and follow to remain competitive.
    Atlanta is an interesting study in how an organization can get off the ground quickly when backed with the expertise of another successful sporting organization. It’s such a dramatic difference from the way MNUFC built and came into the league and likely a bar that other expansion teams will stuggle mightily to attain.