The Union will recieve $400k of General Allocation Money and $100k of Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot in the swap.
Forward David Accam was traded to Columbus for allocation money and an international roster spot per a Union press release. The international roster slot is for the duration of the 2019 season, while the allocation money will transfer in 2020. The deal was completed prior to the transfer window closing on May 7th.
Per the press release, Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner cited the flexibility an additional international roster spot would provide as well as the flexibility additional money would provide them going forward in 2020. He stated that he has his eye on the summer transfer window and beyond and they are confident in the current roster to make this deal now.
Accam leads the Union in goals with four, but has had trouble seeing the field lately with the emergence of Kacper Przybylko and now, Sergio Santos. Sprinkle in some Fafa Picault and Ilsinho for good measure, and someone probably had to go. That someone was Accam, whose value may never be higher than it is right now.
This deal makes good business sense for the Union, even if we hate to see the resurgent Accam leave. David dealt with a nagging hernia injury last year and the Union never really got the return they had hoped from making him a Designated Player. It was good to see him get back on track and show flashes of what he could be this year, and we wish him the best going forward, just not against the Union.