MLS transaction tracker: All of the latest trades and transfers across the league

With another MLS season in the books, teams are already preparing for 2018. Just hours after Toronto FC lifted the MLS Cup, the league’s trade window opened for a half-day in anticipation of the MLS expansion draft, leading to a flurry of early movement — and clubs have since continued to make waves with blockbuster deals.

Goal will keep you up to date on all the latest transfers and trades involving MLS teams this offseason right here!

NYCFC signs defender Cedric Hountondji

Cedric Hountondji Rennes Ligue 1

Jan. 11: New York City FC has signed defender Cedric Hountondji on a free transfer.

The 23-year-old center back comes to NYCFC from Gazelec Ajaccio in France and came up through the Rennes youth system. 

He is a Benin international, though he represented France at the youth level.

Revolution add French midfielder Zahibo

Wilfried Zahibo Gimnastic

Jan. 11: The New England Revolution have signed French central midfielder Wilfried Zahibo, who most recently played for second-tier Spanish side Gimnastic de Tarragona.

The 24-year-old began his career with French club Ajaccio before stints in Spain with Fuenlabrada, Valencia and Gimnastic.

Rapids announce Castillo signing

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Jan. 9: The Colorado Rapids have signed U.S. national team left back Edgar Castillo on a one-year loan from Monterrey, with an option to buy following the 2018 campaign.

Castillo, 31, has spent his entire career in Liga MX, playing for Santos Laguna, Club America, Tigres, San Luis, Puebla, Club Tijuana, Atlas and Monterrey. He has earned 18 caps, most recently appearing for the U.S. in March 2016.

RSL signs Wales international Henley

Alvaro Negredo Adam Henley Blackburn Rovers Manchester City FA Cup

Jan. 9: Real Salt Lake has announced the signing of former Blackburn Rovers fullback Adam Henley. 

The 23-year-old joins RSL after spending six seasons with Blackburn, making 80 appearances combined in the Premier League and the Championship. Full story here . 

LA Galaxy land Kitchen

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Jan. 9: Former D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen has signed with the LA Galaxy after his rights were acquired from D.C. United.

The 25-year-old left D.C. United in 2015 and played in Europe with Scottish side Hearts and Danish club Randers before the Galaxy brought him back to MLS. Full story here . 

Minnesota signs Cameroon international

Frantz Pangop of Cameroon

Jan. 9: Minnesota United has announced the signing of Cameroon international attacker Frantz Pangop, who joins from Union Douala.

The 24-year-old has earned two caps with Cameroon, and scored his first international goal in a World Cup qualifier against Algeria in October. 

Columbus adds Venezuelan midfielder

Gregg Berhalter MLS Crew 09102016

Jan. 9: The Columbus Crew have acquired midfielder Eduardo Sosa as a discovery signing from Venezuelan club Zamora.

Sosa, 21, has made 59 appearances (38 starts) for Zamora, scoring eight goals and adding six assists since his first-team debut in 2013. 

Rapids set to sign Wolves midfielder Price

Jack Price Wolves

Jan. 8: The Colorado Rapids are set to sign English midfielder Jack Price from Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Championship side has confirmed .

The 25-year-old, who has played 115 matches in all competitions for Wolves since making his senior debut in 2013, is joining Colorado for an undisclosed fee.

DCU acquires Ousted from Whitecaps

David Ousted Vancouver Whitecaps

Jan. 8: D.C. United has acquired goalkeeper David Ousted from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 MLS draft. Full details here .

RSL signs Baird as homegrown

Corey Baird, Stanford

Jan. 5: Real Salt Lake has signed forward Corey Baird as a homegrown player after he spent four seasons at Stanford, winning three national championships. 

The 21-year-old has been capped by the U.S. at the U-20 and U-23 level. Baird notched 16 goals and 28 assists in his four years at Stanford while appearing in 77 total matches.

Revs sign Syria international defender

Brad Friedel USA Sony Ambassador

Jan. 5:  The New England Revolution have signed defender Gabriel Somi on a free transfer from Swedish side Ostersunds FK.

The 26-year-old received his first international call-up with Syria in October 2017.

RSL adds Spanish forward

Mike Petke Real Salt Lake MLS 072217

Jan. 3: Real Salt Lake has signed Spanish forward Alfredo Ortuno with targeted allocation money.

The 26-year-old most recently played with Cadiz in the Segunda Division, scoring 17 goals in 40 appearances during the 2016-17 season.

LAFC acquires Feilhaber from SKC

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Jan. 3: Los Angeles FC has acquired midfielder Benny Feilhaber from Sporting Kansas City. Full details here .

Dwyer signs new Orlando City new deal

Dom Dwyer Orlando City

Jan. 3: Orlando City has signed striker Dom Dwyer to a new three-year deal. Full details here .

Wake Forest duo ink homegrown deals

Kevin Politz Wake Forest

Jan. 3: Wake Forest products Kevin Politz and Brandon Servania have signed homegrown deals with the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas, respectively.

A center back, Politz joins the Red Bulls after earning ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2017.

Servania, meanwhile, provided three goals and 11 assists out of midfield for the Demon Deacons this past fall.

LA Galaxy re-sign Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole LA Galaxy

Jan 3: The LA Galaxy have signed left back Ashley Cole to a new one-year deal. Full details here .

FC Dallas lands Swiss defender

Reto Ziegler Sion

Jan 2: FC Dallas has signed veteran center back Reto Ziegler from Swiss side Luzern.

The 31-year-old journeyman, who has 34 caps for Switzerland, has previously played for clubs including Sassuolo, Juventus, Sampdoria, Hamburg, Fenerbahce, Wigan and Tottenham.

Saied signs for Danish club

Mohammed Saeid Colorado Rapids MLS

Dec. 30: Former Colorado Rapids midfielder Mohammed Saeid announced on social media that he has signed with Danish club Lyngby Boldklub .

The Rapids declined his contract option following the season. 

Earthquakes re-sign Hoesen

Danny Hoesen San Jose Earthquakes

Dec. 29: The San Jose Earthquakes have acquired Danny Hoesen on a permanent transfer from Dutch side Gronigen and signed him using targeted allocation money.

The 26-year-old spent the 2017 season on loan with San Jose. He scored five goals and had five assists in 32 MLS appearances.

Orlando signs El-Munir, Villarreal

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Dec. 27: Orlando City has acquired Libyan left back Mohamed El-Munir and former LA Galaxy midfielder-forward Jose Villarreal.

El-Munir joins Jason Kreis’ side from Serbian SuperLiga club FK Partizan Belgrade. Villarreal, meanwhile, arrives from the Galaxy in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 MLS draft.

Whitecaps move for Henry

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Dec. 22: The Vancouver Whitecaps have landed defender Doneil Henry through MLS’ allocation process.

The 24-year-old comes to Vancouver after three years with West Ham in England, having moved there after starting his career with Toronto FC.

The defender has 22 caps with the Canadian national team. 

Dallas lands Bulgarian defender

Anton Nedyalkov Oscar Hiljemark Bulgaria Sweden

Dec. 21: FC Dallas has landed Bulgarian defender Anton Nedyalkov.

The outside back comes from CKSA Sofia and has been capped five times by his country.  

Philadelphia re-signs three veterans

Fabinho Philadelphia Union MLS 03202016

Dec. 20: The Philadelphia Union have signed defender Fabinho and midfielders Ilsinho and Fabian Herbers to new deals.

All three players had been out of contract since Nov. 1, with the club allowing Fabinho’s previous deal to expire while declining options for Ilsinho and Herbers.

San Jose adds Swedish league top scorer

Magnus Eriksson Malmo

Dec. 20: The San Jose Earthquakes have signed Swedish Allsvenskan top scorer Magnus Eriksson as a designated player. Full details here .

RSL signs Lennon on permanent deal

Brooks Lennon Real Salt Lake MLS 041517

Dec. 20: Real Salt Lake has signed U.S. youth international Brooks Lennon from Liverpool in a permanent move. Full details here .

Galaxy add another defender

Rolf Feltscher Venezuela Chile

Dec. 19: The LA Galaxy have signed defender Rolf Feltscher. Full details here .

Orlando adds Allen, Pinhp, re-signs Powers

R.J. Allen New York City FC

Dec. 18: Orlando City has acquired defender R.J. Allen from New York City FC, signed NASL standout Stefano Pinho and inked midfielder Dillon Powers to a new deal.

The Lions sent a third-round pick in the 2018 draft to NYCFC in exchange for Allen, who had spent the past three seasons with the club. Pinho, meanwhile, arrives after most recently playing for NASL side Miami FC, having earned the league’s Golden Ball and Golden Boot honors each of the past two seasons.

Powers, who had been out of contract, returns for the 2018 campaign after joining Orlando in a midseason trade from the Colorado Rapids.

Galaxy acquire Bingham from ‘Quakes

David Bingham San Jose Earthquakes

Dec. 18: The LA Galaxy have acquired the rights to U.S. national team goalkeeper David Bingham from the San Jose Earthquakes.

San Jose received $100,000 in general allocation money and $100,000 in targeted allocation money in the deal, and could yield an additional $50,000 in GAM based on his 2018 performances. Full details here .

Whitecaps trade for Brian Rowe

Brian Rowe LA Galaxy MLS 10302016

Dec. 15: The Vancouver Whitecaps have traded for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe.

The Canadian club sent its natural second-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft to the Galaxy in exchange for the goalkeeper.  

Two players taken in Re-Entry Draft

Mike Grella MLS Red Bulls 04292016

Dec. 15: The Colorado Rapids selected Mike Grella and Tyrone Mears is headed to Minnesota United, with both players taken in stage 1 of the 2017 MLS re-entry draft. 

While the Rapids chose Grella, the midfielder was dealt almost immediately to the Columbus Crew, who sent a second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft to Colorado in exchange for his services. . 

Sporting KC adds designated player

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Dec. 15: Sporting KC signed French midfielder Yohan Croizet in a transfer from Belgian side KV Mechelen.

The 25-year-old, who scored 12 goals in 71 appearances in the Beligian top flight over the last three seasons, inked a deal through 2020 with an option for the 2021 season. 

FC Dallas re-sign Maynor

Maynor Figueroa FC Dallas

Dec. 15: FC Dallas re-signed veteran defender Maynor Figueroa to a one-year contract.

The 34-year-old has spent the last two years with FCD after being acquired in a trade with the Colorado Rapids in January 2016.

LAFC adds Rossi as second DP

Diego Rossi Uruguay U17

Dec. 14:  LAFC continued to shape its roster Thursday by signing Diego Rossi as the second youngest designated player in MLS history.

The MLS side, which is coached by former U.S. national team boss Bob Bradley and will begin play in 2018, reached an agreement with the 19-year-old forward’s current club Penarol of Uruguay’s Primera Division. The transfer will become official on Jan. 1.

Rapids acquire McBean fron Galaxy

Jack McBean LA Galaxy

Dec. 14: The Seattle Sounders dealt $50,000 in general allocation money to the Columbus Crew in exchange for Waylon Francis. 

The defender will add depth to a squad that will be without Joevin Jones, who has moved to Darmstadt. 

Sounders land Waylon Francis

Waylon Francis Goal MLS Best XI

Dec. 14: The Seattle Sounders dealt $50,000 in general allocation money to the Columbus Crew in exchange for Waylon Francis. 

The defender will add depth to a squad that will be without Joevin Jones, who has moved to Darmstadt. 

Crew send Brad Stuver to NYCFC

Brad Stuver Columbus Crew

Dec.14: The Columbus Crew have sent goalkeeper Brad Stuver to New York City FC in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. 

NYCFC and SKC work out swap

Khiry Shelton New York City FC MLS 04082016

Dec. 14:  NYCFC traded former No.2 pick Khiry Shelton to Sporting KC for Saad Abdul-Salaam.  Full details here . 

Galaxy send GK to Columbus

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Dec. 13:  Columbus made a deal with the LA Galaxy that sees goalkeeper Jon Kempin move to the Crew in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. 

Atlanta pulls off blockbuster deal for Nagbe

Darlington Nagbe Portland Timbers

Dec. 13:  Darlington Nagbe has been traded from the Portland Timbers to Atlanta United. Full details here .  

Laurent Ciman deslt to LAFC

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Dec. 12: LAFC made a deal for Belgium international Laurent Ciman. Full details here . 

Sporting KC acquire Kenwyne Jones from Atlanta 

Kenwyne Jones Atlanta United MLS 041517

Dec. 12: In the most interesting and biggest move of the half-day trade window, Sporting KC and Atlanta United worked out a four-player deal that included Kenwyne Jones. 

Jones announced his retirement in November , but was part of a deal on Sunday that saw him, along with goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis and a natural fourth-round pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, dealt to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for midfielder Kevin Oliveira, defender Tyler Pasher and Sporting KC’s natural second-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. 

Dyanmo land Arturo Alvarez from Fire

Arturo Alvarez David Accam Chicago Fire

Dec. 12: The Houston Dynamo traded for Arturo Alvarez on Sunday, sending the club’s natural second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft to the Chicago Fire.

A Houston native who played his international soccer for El Salvador, his parents’ birth country, Alvarez is a 12-year MLS veteran who played 25 times for the Fire last season, making 13 starts. 

New York City FC trades Brillant to D.C. United

Frederic Brillant New York City FC MLS 06022016

Dec. 12: D.C. United has picked up defender Frederic Brillant, sending $75,000 in general allocation money and a 2018 international roster spot to New York City FC in the deal. 

Since joining in 2016, Brillant has played 58 times for New York and was a regular in the heart of the club’s defense. 

Atlanta trades Harrison Heath to Minnesota United

Harrison Heath Atlanta United

Dec. 12: Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath will be joined at the club by his son, Harrison Heath, after the club pulled off a trade with Atlanta United to land the younger member of the Heath family. 

MNUFC sent a 2019 fourth-round draft pick to Atlanta in the deal. 

Kei Kamara dealt to Vancouver

Kei Kamara MLS New England 09172017

Dec. 12: Forward Kei Kamara has been traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps from the New England Revolution.  Get the full details here . 

LAFC lands Walker Zimmerman

Walker Zimmerman FC Dallas MLS 03192016

Dec. 12: Bob Bradley and company have added another solid piece to their expansion puzzle with a trade for FC Dallas center back Walker Zimmerman. Full details here . 

Darren Mattocks traded to D.C. United

Darren Mattocks Philippe Senderos Portland Timbers Houston Dynamo MLS

Dec. 12: Forward Darren Mattocks has been sent from the Portland Timbers to D.C. United. 

United picked up the Jamaican’s option for 2018, and sent a 2018 international roster slot to the Timbers in the deal. 


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