TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Loan
D.C. also had to complete a trade for Asad's rights with Atlanta United, sending a combined $500,000 in allocation money to the Five Stripes. In 2018, Atlanta will receive $200,000 in General Allocation Money and $100,000 of Targeted Allocation Money. Atlanta will get $100,000 in GAM and $100,000 in TAM in 2019, and will receive an additional $100,000 in GAM should Asad appear in at least one MLS match in 2020.
Asad, 23, spent the 2017 season on loan to Atlanta. Part of the expansion team's vaunted South American core, Asad made 32 MLS regular season appearances for Atlanta, scoring seven goals and 13 assists and making history for scoring the Five Stripes' first competitive goal.
“Yamil is a bright talent in MLS, who was a major contributor to Atlanta’s successful inaugural campaign,” Dave Kasper, United general manager, said in a team statement. “His pace, skill and creativity in wide areas will provide us with an additional attacking dimension. He’s a young player who plays with a big personality and a high work rate, and he will continue to develop and improve with more experience in this league. We’re thrilled to add him.”
Despite the success of his initial season in MLS, Atlanta did not purchase Asad's contract this offseason, and the player returned to Velez. But he has not played a first-team match for the Argentine club since returning.
D.C. United open the 2018 MLS regular season on March 3 at Orlando City SC (7:30 pm ET | MLS Live).