MLS Half-Day Trade Window Is in the Books

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The MLS Half-Day Trade Window started with a whimper and ended in a trickle. 

This window is unique in that it’s a four-hour affair sandwiched between the MLS Cup and the Expansion Draft. Unlike other typical sports trade windows, it is not usually a highly-interactive affair. Despite this fact, recent expansion teams Los Angeles FC and Atlanta United made significant moves during this window in the past two seasons.

FC Cincinnati was not expected to be overly active on Sunday. However, they did take care of some expected business. As initially reported by Jeff Rueter of The Athletic, FCC acquired Spencer Richey from the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps were the busiest team on Sunday taking part in four separate transactions.

Sunday’s MLS Trades

  • FC Cincinnati acquired goalkeeper Spencer Richey from Vancouver Whitecaps FC (VWFC) in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
  • Montreal Impact (IMFC) acquired forward Maxi Urruti from FC Dallas in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft (10th overall) and $75k of Target Allocation Money (TAM).
  • VWFC acquired goalkeeper Zac MacMath from Colorado Rapids in exchange for midfielder Nicolas Mezquida and $100k of TAM. 
  • VWFC acquire goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau from IMFC in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and $50k of TAM.
  • Orlando City SC (OCSC) acquired forward Tesho Akindele from FC Dallas for $100k in 2019 TAM and $50k in 2020 General Allocation Money (GAM).
  • VWFC acquired left fullback / winger Victor “PC” Giro from OCSC for a third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
  • Chicago Fire acquired forward Fabian Herbers from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

Attention now shifts to FC Cincinnati and the MLS Expansion Draft which is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 PM Eastern. The league will release the list of eligible players for FC Cincinnati’s final review tomorrow, Monday, December 10th. Here is what to expect on Tuesday and how FCC may approach their selection of five roster spots.

FC Cincinnati Roster Building: Preparing for the MLS Expansion Draft

Also, make sure to check our article featuring Alicia Rodriguez and what lessons FC Cincinnati can learn from LAFC’s successful 2017 Expansion Draft.

MLS Expansion Draft – LAFC Lessons

Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of the expansion draft and FC Cincinnati’s MLS roster build.

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