MLS trade tracker: All of the half-day trade window deals

With another MLS season in the books, teams are already preparing for 2018. Just hours after Toronto FC lifted the MLS Cup, the league’s trade window has opened for a half-day in anticipation of the MLS Expansion Draft for Los Angeles FC on Tuesday.

With teams unable to protect everyone, deals are being made so that teams who can’t keep all of their valuable players at least don’t lose them for nothing.

Check out all the latest from MLS’ half-day trade window right here. 


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In the most interesting and biggest move of the half-day trade window, Sporting KC and Atlanta United worked out a four-player deal that included Kenwyne Jones. 

Jones announced his retirement in November, but was part of a deal on Sunday that saw him, along with goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis and a natural fourth-round pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, dealt to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for midfielder Kevin Oliveira, defender Tyler Pasher and Sporting KC’s natural second-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. 


Arturo Alvarez David Accam Chicago Fire

The Houston Dynamo traded for Arturo Alvarez on Sunday, sending the club’s natural second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft to the Chicago Fire.

A Houston native who played his international soccer for El Salvador, his parents’ birth country, Alvarez is a 12-year MLS veteran who played 25 times for the Fire last season, making 13 starts. 


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D.C. United has picked up defender Frederic Brillant, sending $75,000 in general allocation money and a 2018 international roster spot to New York City FC in the deal. 

Since joining in 2016, Brillant has played 58 times for New York and was a regular in the heart of the club’s defense. 


Harrison Heath Atlanta United

Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath will be joined at the club by his son, Harrison Heath, after the club pulled off a trade with Atlanta United to land the younger member of the Heath family. 

MNUFC sent a 2019 fourth-round draft pick to Atlanta in the deal. 


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Forward Kei Kamara has been traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps from the New England Revolution. Get the full details here. 


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Bob Bradley and company have added another solid piece to their expansion puzzle with a trade for FC Dallas center back Walker Zimmerman. Full details here. 

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Darren Mattocks Philippe Senderos Portland Timbers Houston Dynamo MLS

Forward Darren Mattocks has been sent from the Portland Timbers to D.C. United. 

United picked up the Jamaican’s option for 2018, and sent a 2018 international roster slot to the Timbers in the deal. 


FC Dallas sends Zimmerman to LAFC in trade

Los Angeles FC has added another major piece, with Bob Bradley’s side trading for FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman during Sunday’s half-day trade window. 

Dallas will receive $250,000 in general allocation money, $250,000 in targeted allocation money and the No. 1 position in the MLS allocation ranking in exchange for the 24-year-old center back. 

Having already signed Carlos Vela and Egyptian defender Omar Gaber to the side, the addition of Zimmerman gives the club another high-profile player ahead of the MLS Expansion Draft, which takes place this coming Tuesday. 

“Adding a physical and athletic defender was essential for us,” LAFC general manager John Thorrington said in a team release. “Walker has an incredibly bright future and brings impressive MLS experience to Los Angeles. We’re excited to be a part of his continued development on and off the field.”

The seventh overall pick of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Zimmerman has a breakout season in 2016, helping Dallas to the Supporters’ Shield after becoming a full-time starter for the club and one of the top center backs in MLS.

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“There is something special about being a part of this project from season one,” Zimmerman said. “I look forward to helping create a winning culture at LAFC and setting high expectations within our locker room. I can’t wait to represent the Black and Gold and compete every day for the city of Los Angeles.”

LAFC also picked up an international roster spot from Atlanta United on Sunday, trading away a fourth-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft in the process. 

The expansion side will be able to add up to five players through the expansion draft on Tuesday as the roster continues to take shape. 


Vancouver Whitecaps land Kei Kamara in trade with New England

The Vancouver Whitecaps have added another attacking piece in the form of Kei Kamara. 

The 33-year-old MLS veteran joined the club via trade on Sunday, with the New England Revolution receiving Vancouver’s 2019 natural first round SuperDraft pick and a conditional 2020 second round SuperDraft selection in exchange for his services. 

“Kei is a player that brings goals and experience to the table,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson in a team release. “He’s a big body and he thrives off crosses. Most importantly, he’s a good character and he’s driven to win. We firmly believe that Kei can help lead this team into exciting times next year.”

Kamara has scored over 100 goals in his 11 MLS season, playoffs included, and is a top-10 all-time scorer in regular season goals with 98. 

His best season came in 2015 with the Columbus Crew when he joint-top scorer in the league with 22 strikes and a finalist for MLS MVP. 

Kamara would add four more goals in the playoffs that season to run his total to 26 while helping the Crew to a runner-up finish in the MLS Cup playoffs. 

He was traded to the Revolution the following season following a public dispute with teammate Federico Higuain. He would go onto score 19 goals in 52 games with New England while adding seven assists. 

“I’m really excited to come to Vancouver,” said Kamara. “I’ve been following the club, and I know that they have a very competitive team that suits the way I play. I want to put pressure on myself to continue to score goals. Most importantly, I want to bring success to the Southsiders, Curva Collective, Rain City Brigade, and all the supporters and fans of this club.”

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Kamara will occupy a Designated Player roster slot and is a domestic player as an American citizen.

This is the second major addition of the offseason for the Whitecaps, who also signed 23-year-old Venezuelan Anthony Blondell last month. 


Dortmund sack Bosz and appoint Stoger as new coach

Borussia Dortmund have announced that they have sacked head coach Peter Bosz after less than six months in charge, replacing him with former Cologne boss Peter Stoger.

The 54-year-old Dutchman arrived in the summer as the long-term replacement for Thomas Tuchel at BVB, having enjoyed terrific success with an Ajax side he led to the final of the Europa League last season.

However, things have not passed nearly so smoothly in Germany, and Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat against Werder Bremen, which has left Dortmund seventh in the Bundesliga standings, 13 points behind leaders Bayern Munich, was the final straw.

Stoger has now been appointed as Bosz’s replacement for the rest of the season, having been sacked by Cologne at the start of December. The 51-year-old spent four seasons in Cologne, helping Koln qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years.

Bosz has overseen the club’s worst run in 17 years, with no victories in their last eight Bundesliga outings, dating back to a 2-1 success over Augsburg, which was their sixth win in their first seven league matches. In all competitions, they are winless in nine, since a DFB Pokal fixture against FC Magdeburg on October 24.

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It was the fifth time BVB had been defeated in the league this season, and while they are joint top scorers, having netted 35 times in only 15 outings, their record of having conceded 23 times is one of the poorest in the whole of the league.

In the Champions League they fared no better, finishing third in a group that contained Real Madrid, Tottenham and APOEL Nicosia. They finished without a single victory, moving into the Europa League after Christmas only by virtue of the fact they had a better goal difference than the Cypriots, against who they had twice drawn 1-1.

Bosz’s statistics are poor, with only eight victories from 24 competitive matches, 10 of which ended in defeat.


Dortmund to hold news conference with Bosz on the brink

Borussia Dortmund have announced a news conference for Sunday amid mounting speculation head coach Peter Bosz is set to be sacked.

The Bundesliga club tweeted to announce the hastily arranged briefing at 12:00 CET, which will address “the current sporting situation”.

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It is a situation that appears terminal for Bosz’s job prospects following Saturday’s 2-1 Bundesliga defeat at home to lowly Werder Bremen, a result that extended Dortmund’s winless run to nine matches in all competitions.

Indeed, Dortmund’s only win in the past 13 games came against third-tier Magdeburg in the DFB-Pokal and they have been knocked out of the Champions League after failing to win a single group game against Real Madrid, Tottenham or APOEL.

Addressing his position after the Bremen loss, Bosz told Fox Sports: “You never know, I’m at a big club and I think they [the board] have been quiet for a long time.

“It can now suddenly be over, but you know that when you’re at a top club and you do not win a lot.

“I’m fighting, that’s not the point, but I’m not talking about my own position.”

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Bosz arrived at Signal Iduna Park having led Ajax to the Europa League final and established Dortmund as the early season pacesetters with six victories and a draw from their opening seven top-flight games.

A 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig set in motion an ongoing Bundesliga slump that has included a 3-1 reverse against Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker and a 4-4 Revierderby draw with Schalke having led their rivals 4-0 before half time.

Dortmund lie seventh in the Bundesliga, 13 points behind leaders Bayern.


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