MLS Transfer Window Tracker: News and rumors from the 2016 summer window

The 2016 MLS Secondary Transfer Window opened on Monday, July 4 and closed on Wednesday, August 3 at 11:59 pm CT (1 am ET on Thurs., Aug. 4). During this summer window, MLS clubs were able to register new players via international transfers or intra-league trades.

Note: Players can still be transferred from MLS clubs to teams in other countries after the deadline as long as the transfer window in the country receiving the player is still open. Also, MLS teams can sign players who are out of contract until the roster freeze date on Sept. 15, 2016. 

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Last Updated: August 4, 2016

Atlanta United

Signing / Loan Chris McCann (M): After announcing the signing of the 28-year-old Irishman as their fifth signing in club history on July 6, the club on Aug. 2 loaned the ex-Wigan man out to English second-tier side Coventry City through January.
Signing Kenwyne Jones (F): After the Washington Post reported on July 13 that the big Trinidadian international striker was close to a deal with Atlanta United, the club officially announced his signing on July 15. He officially joins on August 1 and will go out on loan until January.
Signing Hector Villalba (M): On July 12, Argentine club San Lorenzo claimed that the 21-year-old midfielder has been transferred to an MLS club, with Ole indicating that it was Atlanta just a week before. He signed officially on July 22. On Aug. 4, the club announced he has been loaned to Liga MX side Xolos for the rest of 2016.
Rumor Andres Guardado (M): Reports in Mexico have indicated that Atlanta would be a future destination for the Mexican international, but on July 5, Guardado himself confirmed he'd be interested in a move to MLS.

Chicago Fire

Trade Luis Solignac (F): The Fire added to their forward depth with a deadline-day trade for forward Luis Solignac from Colorado on Aug. 3 in exchange for General Allocation Money.
Signing David Arshakyan (F): A few hours before the transfer window closed on Aug. 3, the Fire confirmed the signing of the 21-year-old Armenian forward, who had been reportedly "close to terms with" with the Fire on July 31. The 6-foot-4 striker previously played for FK Trakai in the Lithuanian first division.
Trade Kennedy Igboananike (F): On July 29 the Fire sent the Nigerian striker to D.C. United in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and D.C.'s natural third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Signing Michael De Leeuw (F): After being officially acquired on May 17, the Dutch forward finally made his debut on July 9, five days after the open of the secondary transfer window. He scored his first goal on July 13.
Released Gilberto (F): After just nine appearances in 2016, the Brazilian forward mutually parted ways with the club on June 29.
Report Jakub Blaszczykowski (F): According to a Polish report, the Borussia Dortmund winger has turned down a move to the Chicago Fire as he continues to sort out his future.

Colorado Rapids

Trade Sebastien Le Toux (F): On the same deadline day (Aug. 3) in which they traded Luis Solignac to Chicago, the Rapids acquired Le Toux in a trade from Philadelphia in exchange for General Allocation Money.
Signing Tim Howard (GK): US international made his Rapids debut on the same day the transfer window opened, on July 4, 2016.

Columbus Crew SC

Report Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt provided the following update via Twitter on Aug. 4: "Had extensive dealings w/ multiple potential DPs this window. Wish we had news, but not without trying. We will keep at it." 
Report Jonathan McDonald (F): Aug. 3 reports from Teletica in Costa Rica claimed that Crew SC were set to make a Deadline Day offer for the Alajuelense attacker. But Teletica came back a short while later to point out that it wasn't happening (with a picture of the meeting).
Report Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt provided the following update via Twitter on Aug. 2: "This transfer window is not yet over. All I can say is we have been shopping hard. Working non stop to improve the squad." He also indicated the club was "actively looking for a new DP."
Trade Adam Jahn (F): Columbus bolstered their forward depth on July 30 by completing a trade for Adam Jahn from San Jose, in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money. Jahn made his Crew SC debut on July 31 against Toronto, coming off the bench to play 16 minutes.
Signing Zack Steffen (GK): After Matt Pacifici was added to the Season-Ending Injury List, Columbus had a need to fill at goalkeeper. They filled it on July 22 with the addition of this former US national team goalkeeper. Steffen had previously been with Freiburg in Germany.
Signing Nicolai Naess (D): The Washington Post's Steve Goff first reported via Twitter on July 20 that Crew SC were "close to acquiring" the 23-year-old Norwegian defender from Stabaek. Naess was eventually signed on July 21.
Report Marcus Haber (F): Crew SC manager Gregg Berhalter tells reporters on July 14 that he has met with the Canadian forward, who is a free agent.
Report In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch on July 13, Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt says that the club is looking at addressing the center back situation during the transfer window and that they have "active negotiations going on."
Transfer Emil Larsen (M): On July 10 Larsen was officially transferred to Lyngby in Denmark after just three appearances with Crew SC since signing back on January 22.

D.C. United

Trade Kennedy Igboananike (F): On July 29 United acquired the Nigerian striker from Chicago in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and D.C.'s natural third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Trade Fabian Espindola (F): On July 20 veteran US soccer scribe Ives Galarcep alluded to chatter about a potential trade that would send Espindola to Vancouver in exchange for unnamed assets; D.C. completed the deal later that day, receiving general allocation.
Trade Patrick Mullins (F): Starting with the Washington Post, multiple reports on July 20 stated that Mullins was to be shipped from NYCFC to D.C. United in exchange for allocation funds (an amount termed "significant" by one WaPo source) and an international roster spot. The deal was completed later that day, with NYCFC receiving targeted and general allocation money and an international roster spot through the end of the 2017 season.
Rumor Andy Polo (F): Peruvian outlet Libero reported that DC United have made an offer to Colombian club Millonarios for the 21-year-old Peruvian international. One agent indicated via Twitter on July 14 that although there was mutual interest, the two sides couldn't come to terms.
Rumor Steve Birnbaum (D): With reports that Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv are raising their $850,000 bid for the 25-year-old US national team defender, the Washington Post reports that the defender is not for sale -- not now, anyway. But that doesn't mean they're not still trying.
Signing Lloyd Sam (M): Traded for the winger on July 7, joins the team officially on Tuesday, July 12.
Rumor Aubrey David (D): DC were one of three MLS clubs linked back in June to the Trinidad and Tobago international, who plays for Saprissa. He would sign with FC Dallas on July 4.
Rumor Sean Franklin (D): The D.C. defender was linked to Gaziantepspor on July 26, with the Turkish club reported to have made an offer.

FC Dallas

Loan Out Fabian Castillo (F): After a prolonged saga that saw Castillo leave for Turkey to join Super Lig team Trabzonspor without a transfer in place, a loan with an option to buy deal was negotiated between the teams on Aug. 4. Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus reported that day that the teams had agreed on a loan deal for Castillo until the end of 2016. Shortly after Straus reported it, Trabzonspor tweeted that the player was joining the club. Straus reports Trabzonspor will pay $3 million for Castillo's services for the rest of the year and will owe FC Dallas more money – thought to be between $1 and 1.5 million – in January, otherwise he will return to Dallas.
Transfer Alejandro Zendejas (M): On June 24 it was announced that the 18-year-old Homegrown midfielder was transferred to Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara for a fee reported by Goal.com to be "around $500,000." Subsequent reports indicate that he resigned from the US national team as part of the Chivas move.
Signing Norberto Paparatto (D): FC Dallas acquired some cover at center back on Aug. 2 in the former of the former Timbers defender, who has most recently played with Atletico Rafaela in Argentina. Dallas were able to sign Paparatto after a trade with Portland, who held the right of first refusal on signing the player in MLS.
Signing Getterson (F): Days after rumors emerged in Brazil, FC Dallas added the Brazilian forward on loan from J. Malucelli on July 9.
Signing Aubrey David (D): The club made Independence Day news by clinching the signing of the Trinidadian left back on a loan deal from Deportivo Saprissa through the end of the 2016 MLS season.

Houston Dynamo

Loan Keyner Brown (D): It was several weeks in the making, but the Dynamo finally got their man. The 24-year-old Herediano center back was officially acquired on Deadline Day, Aug. 3 on a loan with an option for a permanent transfer. Reports first surfaced in Costa Rica back on July 11 claiming that the Ticos national team defender was set to sign a deal in Houston. On July 14, another report had Brown in Texas on trial.
Report Dynamo president Chris Canetti tells local Houston soccer broadcaster Glenn Davis that GM Matt Jordan "has a lot of money to work with" after the Barnes trade to the Whitecaps.
Loan Jose Escalante (M): Just hours after reports first surfaced, the Dynamo made it official later in the day on Aug. 3, securing the Honduran midfielder on loan from USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, who in turn had acquired him on loan from Honduran giants Olimpia. The former Under-20 Honduran midfielder hinted at the move himself earlier in the day.
Trade Giles Barnes (F): After a quiet few months from the Jamaican international, the Dynamo shipped Barnes out to the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 30. In exchange, the Dynamo receive General Allocation Money and a right of first refusal for Costa Rican defender Keyner Brown. The Dynamo also retain a percentage of any future transfer fees for Barnes, if he is moved outside of MLS.
Signing Yair Arboleda (M): The Dynamo brought in the 20-year-old Colombian on loan from Independiente Santa Fe officially on July 29.
Trade Eric Alexander (M): Houston bolstered their midfield on July 22, landing the skillful MLS veteran from Montreal in exchange for General and Target Allocation Money.
Release Leonel Miranda (M) & David Rocha (D): Two international players who didn't factor significantly in the Dynamo's season were let go on July 6. Rocha left by way of mutual agreement, while Miranda's loan deal from Argentine side Independiente expired.
Rumor Aubrey David (D): Houston were one of three MLS clubs linked back in June to the Trinidad and Tobago international, who plays for Saprissa. He wound up signing with FC Dallas on July 4.

LA Galaxy

Report LA president Chris Klein told the Corner of the Galaxy podcast on July 14 that "we have our team for the rest of 2016" and that "we have no room to maneuver in terms of outside transfers or bringing players in. We're quite confident in the team that we have to be able to push for another MLS Cup. ... Will there be small tweaks here and there? Possibly, but we feel pretty good about our team."
Rumor Zlatan Ibrahimovic (F): The rumors that linked him with the LA Galaxy were quashed once and for all when he signed on with English Premier League side Manchester United on July 1 on a free transfer.
Rumor Daniel Steres (D): Maccabi Tel-Aviv, apparently frustrated in an ongoing pursuit of D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum, has widened their MLS scope to target LA's breakthrough center back.

Montreal Impact

Rumor Blerim Dzemaili (F): The Impact are cited in a GianlucaDiMarzio.com report as a contender for the Swiss midfielder who played in Italy and most recently in Turkey. An updated report indicated that Montreal have won the battle for his signature against Serie A side Genoa FC. Early word is that he'd play for Bologna FC on loan until January.
Rumor Marcelo Larrondo (F): Reports from Argentina on July 20 indicate that River Plate has acquired the Rosario Central man. This after FutbolMLS.com reported on July 13 that the Montreal Impact were the ones who triggered his release clause with an eye toward making him the replacement for Didier Drogba in 2017.
Trade Amadou Dia (D) for Cameron Porter (F): The Impact added the French-born left back on July 12 in exchange for the forward who will always be remembered in Montreal for his Champions League goal against Pachuca. The Impact consider Dia a "super athlete" who has ability to close players down and get up and down the right or left flank.
Signing Matteo Mancosu (F): The Impact tapped into their ties with Serie A club Bologna and on July 7 landed 31-year-old Italian forward on a year-long loan. Impact owner Joey Saputo is also an owner of Bologna.
Report Diego Forlan (F): Local Montreal soccer analyst Arcadio Marcuzzi reports on July 6 that the Uruguayan legend was offered to Montreal, which passed on the 37-year-old.
Signing Hernan Bernardello (M): Montreal brought back a familiar face as they signed midfielder Hernan Bernardello on July 24. Bernardello had previously played for the Impact for parts of the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

New England Revolution

Rumor Diego Fagundez (F): Reports out of Italy on July 11 claim that Serie A side Palermo are eyeing the Revolution Homegrown player with the transfer fee claimed to be just under $4 million.
Signing Xavier Kouassi (M): Although he was officially signed way back on Feb. 1, the former FC Sion midfielder only officially joined the Revs when the summer window opened on July 5. He's been with the team ever since as he continues to recover from a torn right knee ligament suffered on Feb. 9. The club still hopes he will be able to return to action by the end of the current MLS season.

New York City FC

Trade Gbenga Arokoyo (D): NYCFC held the MLS signing priority (Discover Priority) on the Nigerian international defender and traded it on Aug. 2 to the Portland Timbers in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and a 3rd-round 2017 SuperDraft pick.
Report With the summer transfer window set to close, NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira indicated on Aug. 1 that there would likely be no further moves from the club, and that includes Mix Diskerud.
Trade Patrick Mullins (F): On the heels of multiple reports, starting with the Washington Post, NYCFC on July 20 traded the little-used forward to D.C. United in exchange for general allocation money (an amount termed "significant" by one WaPo source) and an international roster spot.
Rumor Mix Diskerud (M): With the US national team midfielder way down the NYCFC depth chart, manager Patrick Vieira confirmed that the club would be willing to move Diskerud. "If there is a team that is around that is interested, then as a club we will talk about it."
Signing Maxim Chanot (D): After a rumor on July 12 that Chanot was doing a medical in Manchester, NYCFC announced on July 16 that they'd signed the Luxembourg national team defender.
Transfer MF Kwadwo Poku (F): The fan favorite was transferred to Miami FC on June 29, just days before the open of the transfer window. The reported transfer fee ranges from $700,000 to $750,000.

New York Red Bulls

Signing: Omer Damari (F): After two reports emerged on Twitter on Aug. 1 that Israeli international Omer Damari will be joining the Red Bulls on loan from RB Leipzig, New York made the move official on the morning of Aug. 4. Israel-based Raphael Gellar reported the move first, followed by New York-based reporter Kristian Dyer. Damari has previously also featured for Red Bull-affiliated Red Bull Salzburg.
Signing Daniel Royer (F): The 26-year-old winger was officially announced on Deadline Day, August 3, after the first reports began to surface on July 28 in Danish media. Those stories claimed the Austrian international was set to move from Superliga side FC Midtjylland for a transfer fee of around $225,000.
Trial Gege Soriola (D) / Alexis Meva (F): Two African players with links to North American soccer are reportedly on trial, according to Kristian Dyer at Big Apple Soccer on July 27. Nigerian defender Gege Soriola was on Montreal's roster in 2014, while Cameroonian forward Alexis Meva previously played for Portland's USL side, T2.
Rumor Oscar Cardozo (F): Trabzonspor's 33-year-old Paraguayan forward is linked with RSL and NY Red Bulls after his agent states on July 8 that he "likes the idea of playing in the US."
Transfer Lloyd Sam (M): The Red Bulls traded the skillful winger to rivals D.C. United on July 7 in exchange for allocation money. Manager Jesse Marsch says the move was done for flexibility with future moves.
Report Diego Forlan (F): Montreal-based soccer analyst Arcadio Marcuzzi says that the former Uruguayan international "received an offer from RBNY."

Orlando City SC

Trade Tony Rocha (M): Although the 22-year-old plays for the Orlando City B reserve team in USL, the Lions still needed to trade for the right to sign him to an MLS contract. Those MLS rights belonged to Sporting KC before the Aug. 3 Deadline Day trade that saw a 4th Round 2018 SuperDraft pick go the other way. Sporting KC had drafted Rocha in 2015 and league rules give teams the ability to add a drafted player to their College Protected List, retaining the signing rights in MLS until Dec. 31 of the year after said draft.
Trade Matias Perez Garcia for Darwin Ceren (M): A few hours before the deadline on Aug. 3, Orlando picked up Argentine playmaker Matias Perez Garcia and an international slot from San Jose in exchange for two-way Salvadoran center mid Darwin Ceren and salary budget space which will allow the Quakes to sign a Season-Ending Injury Replacement player.
Rumor Alberto Rodriguez (D): Reports from Peru on Aug. 1 indicate that OCSC are tracking Peruvian national team center back Alberto Rodriguez, who is still without a club after helping his country in its run to the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals.
Rumor Cyle Larin (F): Here's how hot the Larin to Portugal rumors are: On July 20 there was an entire front page dedicated to the Orlando City striker. O Jogo claims Sporting Lisbon is the potential destination, while two days earlier it was Portuguese giants Benfica.
Signing Jose Aja (D): The head coach of Uruguayan giants Nacional said on July 5 that he was not counting on his 23-year-old center back because he was "headed to MLS." He then was spotted in attendance at a Lions match on July 8. Aja was signed on July 21.
Release Adrian Winter (M): The hard-working midfielder abruptly left the club by mutual agreement on July 5.
Rumor AJ Soares (D): The former New England Revolution center back was reportedly training with Orlando on June 18. If the Lions wanted to sign him, they'd need to make a trade with the Revs.

Philadelphia Union

Rumor CJ Sapong (F): According to an Aug. 3 tweet from MLS Transfers, Portuguese side Vitoria S.C. is interested in Union striker. Though the MLS transfer window is closed, the Union could still send Sapong to Portugal up until the European transfer window closes Sept.1.
Trade Charlie Davies (F): The Union completed a deadline-day deal with the New England Revolution to bring the veteran forward to Philadelphia. The Union sent to the Revs their natural first-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, general allocation money and targeted allocation money, while also acquiring New England's natural third-round pick in the 2018 SuperDraft.
Signing Alejandro Bedoya (M): Two days after ESPN.com's Marc Stein first reported that the Philadelphia Union were in advanced negotiations to sign the USMNT midfielder from French club Nantes, the news became official on Deadline Day, Aug. 3.
Rumor Jorge Aparicio (M): Media are tracking the 23-year-old defensive midfielder and Guatemalan international, who is reportedly on the Union's Discovery list.
Rumor Mario Balotelli (F): Speculation has three MLS teams, including the Union, in the running for the former Italian national team star should he leave Liverpool.

Portland Timbers

Signing Gbenga Arokoyo (D): The Portland Timbers signed their third international defender of the summer window on Aug. 2, acquiring the Nigerian international center back which first required a trade with NYCFC, who held the player's Discovery rights.
Signing Steven Taylor (D): PTFC bolstered their injury-ravaged back line by signing the English Premier League veteran on Aug. 1.
Transfer Adam Kwarasey (GK): After the strong play of Jake Gleeson, Portland moved on from Kwarasey on June 18, transferring him to Rosenborg in Norway on June 18.
Signing Vytautas Andriuskevicius (D): The club stated they were seeking a left back in the transfer window and they got their man in the Lithuanian national teamer, who signed on July 14.
Report Liam Ridgewell (D): With six months left on his MLS deal, the Timbers starting center back tells Yahoo Sports on July 14 that he's in negotiations with the club to extend his stay.
Rumor Lucas Melano (F): Before the open of the summer transfer window, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson revealed that Boca Juniors wanted Melano on a free loan, but the defending MLS Cup champs weren't interested.
Rumor Fanendo Adi (F): Also before the opening of the window, Adi's agent was in the media angling for a big-money move to Tigres for the Timbers' target forward and Nigerian international. Nothing came of all the noise and on July 7 Adi made it clear he's happy in Portland.
Loan Dairon Asprilla (F): On June 30 it was announced that the Timbers loaned the right winger to Millonarios in Colombia.
Report Steven Taylor (D): ESPN is reporting that the Timbers are set to sign Taylor, who is a free agent defender and long-time member of Newcastle United. Taylor, 30, has reportedly already had a medical and will make the move official this week.

Real Salt Lake

Signing Pedro Baez (F): The 19-year-old Paraguayan youth international was brought into the club on loan from Paraguayan side Cerro Porteno on July 22.
Rumor Aubrey David (D): RSL were one of three MLS clubs linked back in June to the Trinidad and Tobago international, who plays for Saprissa. He wound up signing with FC Dallas.
Rumor Oscar Cardozo (F): Trabzonspor's 33-year-old Paraguayan forward is linked with RSL and NY Red Bulls after his agent states on July 8 that he "likes the idea of playing in the US."

San Jose Earthquakes

Trade Darwin Ceren for Matias Perez Garcia (M): A few hours before the deadline on Aug. 3, the Quakes announced the acquisition of two-way Salvadoran center mid Darwin Ceren from Orlando along with salary budget space to sign a Season-Ending Injury Replacement player. In exchange, the Quakes gave up Argentine playmaker Matias Perez Garcia and an international slot.
Report Fox's Julie Stewart-Binks reported on July 31 that English central midfielder Jamie O'Hara is headed to San Jose for a trial stint with the Quakes.
Report Quakes manager Dominic Kinnear says the club is "looking for everything" this transfer window between a center back injury crisis and an attack that has struggled to score. "Right now our roster is pretty crowded so we may have to move something out to move something in."

Seattle Sounders

Signing Alvaro Fernandez (M): On July 20 reports out of Uruguay claimed that the former Sounders star was returning to Seattle after a spell at Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. It proved accurate, as "Flaco" officially rejoined the Rave Green on July 28. 
Signing Nicolas Lodeiro (M): Reports on July 15 from FutbolMLS.com had Boca Juniors accepting an offer from Seattle for Lodeiro. This came after weeks of reports from Argentina with Boca Juniors brass claiming a deal for Lodeiro with an unnamed club was close. Lodeiro was officially signed on July 27.
Rumor Oscar Romero (M): Reports surfaced in early July that an MLS club was in the chase for the dynamic 24-year-old Paraguayan midfielder, who's currently at Argentine club Racing. The player himself said he was aware of a transfer offer, with an $8 million bid being reported. Days after Sounder at Heart claimed the Sounders might be behind the bid, another local Seattle reporter cited sources in stating that the Sounders are in negotiations.

Sporting KC

Report Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes told media on Aug. 3 that "it's not looking good" when it comes to the team making a final move before the deadline. He felt the transfer market was inflated and said that SKC would "not meet the current price for Sebastian Blanco."
Report Sebastian Blanco (M): The Argentine attacker has already been linked to Toronto and Seattle this summer, and on July 29 Olé reported that SKC are eyeing the 28-year-old San Lorenzo standout, who is capable of playing as a winger or a No. 10. The report claims that San Lorenzo, who recently clinched a deal with Atlanta United for Hector Villalba, have a $3 million price tag on Blanco.
Trial Emmanuel Frimpong (M): The former Arsenal man is on trial with Sporting as of July 27.
Trade Cameron Porter (F) for Amadou Dia (D): With the acquisition of Ever Alvarado making left back Amadou Dia surplus to requirements, SKC traded him to Montreal on July 12 in a move that helped to bolster their forward corps with the hard-running, 23-year-old Porter.
Acquired Ever Alvarado: (D): Well before the secondary transfer window opened, Sporting KC moved to sign 24-year-old Honduran international left back Ever Alvarado on June 24.

Toronto FC

Rumor Michael Bradley (M): After rumors in late June had Sampdoria eager to bring Bradley back to the Italian Serie A, Goal.com reported on Aug. 2 that Toronto FC turned down a $5 million offer from "one of Europe's top four leagues."
Rumor The Toronto Sun's Kurt Larson reported on Aug. 1 that TFC's list of transfer targets was down to one player "after two others they were pursuing were sold off."
Rumor Sebastian Blanco (M): On July 26, Anthony Totera of Red Card Radio reported that the 28-year-old Argentine midfielder, currently with San Lorenzo, is being pursued by TFC.
Signing Tosaint Ricketts (F): On July 20 the club added another Canadian international by signing the 28-year-old forward. The Edmonton native last played for Turkish second-division club Boluspor Kulubu.
Release Damien Perquis (D): In a surprise move, the former Polish international center back and TFC regular starter parted ways with the MLS club on July 13 after a year and a half. The move opens up an international spot for Toronto.
Rumor Emilio Izaguirre (D): Widespread reports in June claimed that the Honduran left back was set to train with Toronto FC, but this rumor, too, never resurfaced.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Trade Giles Barnes (F): On July 28, The Province's Marc Weber cited VWFC president Bob Lenarduzzi and head coach Carl Robinson as saying that Vancouver were still seeking an addition to their forward corps during the summer transfer window, "ideally from inside MLS." Two days later, they completed a trade with Houston for attacker Giles Barnes.
Transfer Fabian Espindola (F): Less than a week after arriving via trade from D.C. United on July 20, Espindola is transferred abroad after days of rumors. The veteran striker in fact leaves Whitecaps FC without playing a single minute, as the club announces his transfer to Mexican side Necaxa for an undisclosed transfer fee on July 26.
Loan Sam Adekugbe (D): With just two league appearances in 2016, the 'Caps opted to loan the 21-year-old left back to the English Championship (second division) side Brighton & Hove Albion on July 15. The Canadian international was born in London, England.
Signing Alphonso Davies (M): After some positive performances in the Amway Canadian Championship, the 'Caps finally signed the 15-year-old to a multiyear Homegrown contract on July 15.
Report Enrique Esqueda (F): On July 13, the 28-year-old Mexican forward posted a photo of Vancouver on Instagram with the message "arriving at the destination." On July 15, head coach Carl Robinson confirmed that Esqueda, who has family in Vancouver, will train through the end of the week of July 18 and the club will evaluate him during that time.
Signing David Edgar (D): In need of defensive help, the Whitecaps on July 11 signed the Canadian national team center back, who was a free agent after recently featuring in England.
Signing Marcel de Jong (D): On the same day they signed Edgar, the Caps also announced the capture of Canadian national team left back.
Transfer Octavio Rivero (F): After some speculation it was announced on July 6 that the Whitecaps had transferred their 24-year-old Uruguayan forward to Chilean powers Colo Colo.
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