Sporting Kansas City has traded former MLS Defender of the Year Ike Opara to Minnesota United for $900,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, which could reach $1 million if certain incentives are reached.
One source said that if Minnesota makes the playoffs, then the incentive will have been reached, adding to Sporting Kansas City's haul. The new playoff format approved by MLS for 2019 will see seven teams in each conference make the postseason.
"We've been laser-focused on adding starters in key positions...
Expansion side FC Cincinnati selected UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya No. 1 overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.
"This is what I worked my whole life for," Amaya told MLSSoccer.com at the draft in Chicago. "This is a crazy moment."
Amaya, 18, is the youngest player in the draft, but his upside is such that he's expected to adapt well to the professional game, even in a central playmaking role that is usually the domain of foreign players.
The Generation Adidas player spent just one season...
Major League Soccer has created two new end-of-season awards -- MLS Sporting Executive of the Year and MLS Academy of the Year -- and Sporting Kansas City took top honors in both.
The Sporting Executive of the Year -- recognized as the Chief Soccer Officer (CSO) in a team's technical organization that demonstrates exemplary leadership, dedication and strategic vision in guiding his or her club to success -- went to SKC's Peter Vermes with Kansas City also claiming the academy award.
German side Paderborn have signed two forwards playing in the United States to help their bid for promotion back to the Bundesliga.
The second-division club say Khiry Shelton is joining from Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City and Mohamed Kamara is switching from UCLA. Both took part in training on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Shelton, who made his MLS debut in 2015 for New York City FC, is getting a contract through June 2021.
The 21-year-old Kamara, who was born in Monrovia, Liberia, scored...