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Columbus Crew SC receive SuperDraft Pick or General Allocation Money from Atlanta United

Greg Garza’s rights were sold to Atlanta United after Crew SC completes the signing of Jukka Raitala.

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Columbus Crew SC continued a very busy day in the office as a deal is now complete to transfer Greg Garza’s Discovery Rights* to Atlanta United. In exchange, the Black & Gold will receive either a 2018 MLS SuperDraft spot or General Allocation Money. The resultant exchange is circumstantial, per the Crew SC press release:

Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has acquired a highest (“best”) 2018 Second Round MLS SuperDraft pick from Atlanta United in exchange for the Discovery Priority on defender Greg Garza. Pursuant to the trade agreement, if Garza starts in 12 or more MLS regular-season games in 2017, or if his option for 2018 is exercised following the 2017 season, Crew SC will receive General Allocation Money instead of the SuperDraft pick.

Baring injury to Garza during the upcoming season, it is very likely that he will start in the required amount of matches. Should he not reach the minimum matches and Atlanta decline his future option, a 2018 second-round MLS SuperDraft pick is good future security.

This deal was signed in ink a few hours after Crew SC announced the signing of veteran Finnish wingback Jukka Raitala. Having secured another left back along with All-Star defender Waylon Francis, it is smart business to trade away Garza’s discovery rights for a (likely) monetary return. This deal, in essence, can make the Raitala acquisition a discounted one.

OFFICIAL: Greg Garza will join Atlanta United on a one year loan from Liga MX’s Club Tijuana.

*Discovery Rights (in short) is one method MLS clubs may use to add players from a non-U.S. league. Teams have a limited number of players they may have on their discovery list, and the MLS team with the name on their list first has priority rights to the player in a potential move to MLS.