When reports came out that Ola Kamara had requested a trade from Columbus Crew SC, it was only a matter of time before the Black & Gold moved the want-away striker.
It happened on Friday evening following the MLS SuperDraft.
Kamara was traded to the LA Galaxy for forward/winger Gyasi Zardes and $400,000 in Allocation Money (it is unclear if this is General Allocation Money or Targeted Allocation Money). Columbus will receive an additional $100,000 if Kamara scores 12 goals. The news was first reported by LA Times writer Kevin Baxter.
#LAGalaxy have agreed on a trade that will send Gyasi Zardes and $400,000 in allocation to money to the @ColumbusCrewSC in exchange for F Ola Kamara. Crew get an additional $100,000 if Kamara scores 12 or more goals this season— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) January 20, 2018
It was also confirmed by ESPN’s soccer insider Jeff Carlisle.
Can confirm @kbaxter11 report that #lagalaxy have gotten their forward in Ola Kamara. Gyasi Zardes and $400,000 in allocation money going to #Crew96. LA will get another $100k if Kamara reaches incentives.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 20, 2018
This move comes just overs after the Chicago Fire traded midfielder David Accam to the Philadelphia Union for $300,000 GAM and $900,000 TAM.
Reports came out midseason that Kamara was frustrated with his contract, a four-year deal in which he was entering his third season. Kamara told Massive Report at the time that he stays out of contract discussions and his agent handles negotiations. He also indicated he would rather wait until after the season for these discussions.
MLSSoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal reported that Crew SC’s potential move to Austin also played at least some part in Kamara’s decision to move on from the Black & Gold.
In two seasons in MLS, Kamara scored 34 goals in 59 appearances as one of the most dangerous strikers in the league. Zardes has scored 34 goals 131 MLS appearances over five years.