The MLS primary transfer window closes on Tuesday, May 7 at 11:59 pm CT and we're tracking all the latest moves ahead of the deadline.
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Wednesday, May 8 – 8:30 pm ET
Benny Feilhaber's return to Kansas City was officially announced, with center back Abdul Rwatubyaye heading to Colorado.
Wednesday, May 8 – 1:36 pm ET
The Rapids were at it again just half an hour later, securing a season-long loan for center back Lalas Abubakar from Columbus Crew SC.
Wednesday, May 8 – 1:05 pm ET
The Colorado Rapids announced another intriguing move on Wednesday afternoon, confirming the acquisition of young US national team winger Jonathan Lewis from New York City FC for a tall stack of Targeted Allocation Money and a 2020 international roster slot.
Wednesday, May 8 – 10:45 am ET
David Accam is on the move again.
Columbus Crew SC acquired the winger from Philadelphia in exchange for $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $400,000 in General Allocation Money and an International Roster Spot.
Wednesday, May 8 – 10:30 am ET
The New York Red Bulls have signed forward Tom Barlow. Barlow, a 2018 MLS SuperDraft pick, joins the RBNY after scoring 18 goals in 34 games with New York Red Bulls II.
“Tom has earned a spot on our First Team roster with his play on the field, which is a result of hard work and commitment day in and day out."— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) May 8, 2019
-Sporting Director Denis Hamlett#RBNY pic.twitter.com/DOjI8foPWK
Wednesday, May 8 – 9 am ET
Well after most of the East Coast logged off for the night, the Seattle Sounders wrapped up two big transactions just ahead of the deadline late Tuesday, completing the transfer of Ecuadorian defender Xavier Arreaga, who will be a Designated Player, and sealing the return of all-action wide man Joevin Jones from his short stint in the 2.Bundesliga:
Tuesday, May 7 – 6:35 pm ET
Sometimes the necessary move comes from within, not externally.
Just ask the New York Red Bulls, as Kristian Dyer of The Athletic has reported they're adding New York Red Bulls II forward Tom Barlow to their roster. The former University of Wisconsin forward has eight goals this USL Championship season, as well as 23 from last year.
Per source, deal with Tom Barlow being finalized by league. #RBNY set to add forward to senior roster.— Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) May 7, 2019
Has been on an absolute tear in the USL.
Tuesday, May 7 – 5:15 pm ET
Justin Meram is on the move again.
Atlanta United acquired the 30-year-old winger from Columbus Crew SC for $100,000 General Allocation Money and a Second Round Pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
Tuesday, May 7 – 3:55 pm ET
The Galaxy have added to their attacking depth by acquiring Argentine Favio Alvarez on loan from Atletico Tucuman.
Tuesday, May 7 – 2:40 pm ET
The gang's getting back together.
Trinidad and Tobago international Joevin Jones is returning to the Seattle Sounders, as confirmed by Sam Stejskal of The Athletic. Jones, a left back and left winger, originally left for German club Darmstadt 98 after the 2018 season. Now in the second division, Darmstadt has reportedly sold Jones back to the Sounders for a $150,000 transfer fee.
Jones' acquisition requires Targeted Allocation Money, Stejskal reports, and could have ramifications on the futures of Bournemouth loanee Brad Smith and Cameroonian international Nouhou Tolo. Both are also left backs.
It's been reported in Germany, I can now confirm: The Seattle Sounders are bringing back Joevin Jones. Deal is done, pending ITC. More details on the transfer fee and his roster status @TheAthleticSCCR. https://t.co/kEi2BQ6sqh— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) May 7, 2019
Tuesday, May 7 - 2:35 pm ET
The New England Revolution's latest Designated Player could come from Belgium, but there appears to be a snag with negotiations. According to a report from RTLSport, Belgian side Standard Liege has accepted a €4 million offer for Congolese winger Paul-Jose M'Poku. However, the report says M'Poku, 27, doesn't want to join an American club.
New England has long made public that they're trying to ink a second DP, with head coach Brad Friedel and club president Brian Bilello both commenting on the matter. They, however, have kept quiet the player's position, name and country.
Le Standard accepte une offre pour Paul-José Mpoku: le joueur refuse de rejoindre un club américain https://t.co/IyogWBJ0ck— RTL sport (@RTLsportbe) May 7, 2019
Confirmed through league source: #NERevs agreed to €4m ($4.5m) fee with Standard for Paul-José M’Poku for immediate transfer before close of window, but move broke down over personal terms. Total package (fee and wages) approached $14m. #MLS https://t.co/1nijuWY4Yx— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) May 7, 2019
Tuesday, May 7 - 1:40 pm ET
Jonathan Lewis has shown himself to be an impact sub for both New York City FC and the US national team, though he hasn't seen much playing time for the Cityzens of late. Now the 21-year-old winger is headed west to Colorado, according to Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio of The Athletic, where he may find better prospects for consideration as a starter for the rebuilding Rapids:
Reporting with @PaulTenorio: Sources indicate the Colorado Rapids are set to acquire Jonathan Lewis from NYCFC for a substantial haul of allocation money.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) May 7, 2019
Tuesday, May 7 - 1:30 pm ET
Atlanta United are apparently set to bolster their wing options via a swoop for Columbus Crew SC winger Justin Meram, with a package of allocation money and a draft pick reportedly heading to Ohio in return. Meram has yet to find his form since returning to Columbus from Orlando City in August, with just one goal and one assist in 18 appearances for the Crew since then.
I'm told Justin Meram is on the move, hearing #Crew96 is working on a deal to send him to Atlanta United #UniteAndConquer . No word on the price. Meram would give Atlanta some midfield depth while Ezequiel Barco is at the Under-20 World Cup, and beyond. #MLS— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) May 7, 2019
Tuesday, May 7 - 12:00 pm ET
Reports from South America are linking the Seattle Sounders with Ecuadorean defender Xavier Arreaga, who plays for Barcelona SC.
El equipo que presentó la oferta formal por Xavier Arreaga es Seatlle Sounders de la MLS. El club decidirá en las próximas horas si acepta o no la misma. El ídolo tiene el 78% del pase del jugador. ¿Qué debe hacer BSC?— Radio Diblu FM (@RadioDibluFM) May 7, 2019
Info @nicorivera05 #DibluEstáEnTi pic.twitter.com/kAeXJKgPQq
Tuesday, May 7 - 11:30 am ET
The 33-year-old has made 100 caps for Mexico and made 204 appearances for Club America before heading to Europe in 2011.
Monday, May 6 - 11:00 pm ET
Monday, May 6 - 7:00 pm ET
Pablo Maurer of The Athletic also reported Monday night that D.C. United were prepared to offer Luciano Acosta a contract extension that would be worth more than $3 million per year. Acosta's contract runs out at the end of the season and he is eligible to sign a pre-contract with any club six months prior to the contract's expiration date.
Another #DCU tidbit - talks are still ongoing w/Lucho Acosta & his representation. One source tells me that United are prepared to offer him north of $3 million/yr for 4 years to stay. Significantly higher than numbers I've heard in the past. Going to be an interesting summer.— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) May 6, 2019
Monday, May 6 - 6:55 pm ET
Pablo Maurer of The Athletic reported Monday night that D.C. United were in touch with Argentinean side Velez Sarsfield regarding the possibility of brining Yamil Asad back to MLS. Asad had nine goals and eight assists with United while on loan from Velez last season.
Some breaking #DCU news - club has been in touch w/Vélez Sarsfield re: Yamil Asad & a potential return to DC. Gut feeling is that the 2 sides won't get a deal done before Tuesday but a club source tells me it's still possible. Also said they "felt better about it" a few days ago.— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) May 6, 2019
Monday, May 6 - 5:50 pm ET
Steve Buffery of The Toronto Sun reported on Monday afternoon that Toronto FC would not be acquiring US men's national team center back Omar Gonzalez. The Athletic reported on Thursday that the former LA Galaxy star was in talks with the Reds.
Monday, May 6 - 2:00 pm ET
The Timbers officially announced the club's record signing in Liga MX star forward Brian Fernandez.
¡Bienvenido! Brian Fernández is coming to the Rose City.💚💛— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) May 6, 2019
The Argentinian forward joins us from Club Necaxa of Liga MX as a Designated Player.
DETAILS | https://t.co/Zc9bLg1Jh0 | #RCTID pic.twitter.com/MZ5JNB5Pv5
Monday, May 6 - 11:15 am ET
In a deal first reported prior to the weekend, Columbus Crew SC officially acquired midfielder David Guzman from the Portland Timbers in exchange for an international roster slot.
That would appear to open the way for the Timbers to make their move for a certain Liga MX forward (see below).
Sunday, May 5 - 5:21 pm ET
After plenty of rumors and reports over recent weeks, the Brian Fernandez move from Liga MX playoff side Necaxa to Portland Timbers looks to be nearing the finish line. He's a forward with a prolific scoring rate during his time in Mexico.
Sources: As has been reported by several outlets, the Timbers have completed the transfer of Brian Fernandez from Liga MX club Necaxa. The DP attacker will arrive in Portland early this week. Eligible vs. Vancouver on Friday. Visa was approved in last few days. Club record fee.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) May 5, 2019
Saturday, May 4 - 10:01 pm ET
One team that could turn out to be active before the close of the window is D.C. United, per reports:
MLS spring transfer and trade window closes Tuesday. Will D.C. United make another move? "50-50," said one team source. #dcu— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) May 5, 2019
Friday, May 3 - 8:01 pm ET
Friday, May 3 - 4:15 pm ET
If they're going to make a signing ahead of the deadline, the LA Galaxy equipped themselves with an additional $300,000 in Targeted Allocation Money to do it after a Friday trade of cash assets with Columbus Crew SC. The Galaxy gave up $225,000 of General Allocation Money to do it. The $300k into the Galaxy coffers comes on top of the $325k in TAM acquired from Minnesota United in a similar trade on May 2.
Friday, May 3 - 12:45 pm ET
D.C. United complete their acquisition of defender Marquinhos Pedroso from FC Dallas. United acquired defender Pedroso off of waivers after trading their natural first-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft to FC Dallas in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money.
The newest member of the Black-and-Red! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/Ya8F1oNg12— D.C. United (@dcunited) May 3, 2019
Friday, May 3 - 11:02 am ET
The Chicago Fire acquired Minnesota United captain Francisco Calvo in a trade, for $400,000 in allocation money spread across this year and next, with performance clauses that could add another $125,000 to the total. Minnesota also retain considerations for a percentage of any potential future transfer of the player outside of MLS.
“We thank Francisco for his two-plus years of service with the club. He was a big part of our growth into MLS and has been a great asset to our Minnesota community. We wish him all the best in the future.”— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) May 3, 2019
- Sporting Director Manny Lagos
Info » https://t.co/ltUbq7otlZ pic.twitter.com/6wPxsFHUjL
Thursday, May 2 - 5:30 pm ET
Soon after the Fabio Alvarez report, the LA Galaxy make a move to collect $325,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) from Minnesota United FC in exchange for $225,000 in General Allocation Money.
Thursday, May 2 - 2:34 pm ET
A report out of Argentina claims the LA Galaxy are nearing a loan deal to acquire attacker Fabio Alvarez, a 26-year-old who has played his entire career in his domestic league.
Thursday, May 2 - 1:48 pm ET
According to a report from The Athletic's Paul Tenorio, Toronto FC have been in negotiations with Omar Gonzalez to make a return to MLS. Gonzalez, 30, has been playing in Mexico for Pachuca and Atlas, after successfully beginning his career with the LA Galaxy. It is believed TFC would use their slot atop the MLS allocation ranking to acquire Gonzalez.