Barely a month after shipping an international slot to Montreal for $175,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM), Columbus Crew SC has sold another international roster spot to the Los Angeles Galaxy for another $175,000. In this deal, the Crew will receive $100,000 in GAM and $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
Each Major League Soccer team starts the season with eight international roster slots which are occupied by players who are not United States citizens, do not hold a green card, do not hold a special status (like refugee or asylum status) and do not qualify as an International Homegrown player. Teams can trade those slots for various MLS resources (GAM/TAM, players, draft positions, etc.), often in one season increments.
Columbus now has six international slots for the 2019 season. With left back Milton Valenzuela on the season ending injury list after tearing his ACL during the preseason, he does not occupy a roster slot, leaving the Black & Gold with four players in the international slots: second-year winger Eddie Opoku, wide midfielder Robinho, Designated Player Pedro Santos and attacking midfielder Eduardo Sosa. Artur received his green card just before the season started, so he no longer counts as an international player despite being Brazilian.
Including the trade to FC Cincinnati for the rights to former Black & Gold winger Kekuta Manneh, the Crew have acquired more than $600,000 in Allocation Money just in 2019. It is yet to be seen how willing new team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam and Dr. Pete Edwards will be in spending, especially during this first year of ownership, but Columbus is well set up to use these funds to improve the team in the 2019 season and moving forward.