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.
SPORTING KC ACQUIRE KENWYNE JONES FROM ATLANTA
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.
HOUSTON DYNAMO LAND ARTURO ALVAREZ FROM 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.
NEW YORK CITY FC TRADES BRILLANT TO D.C. UNITED
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.
ATLANTA TRADES HARRISON HEATH TO MINNESOTA 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.
KEI KAMARA DEALT TO VANCOUVER
Forward Kei Kamara has been traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps from the New England Revolution. Get the full details here.
LAFC LANDS WALKER ZIMMERMAN
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.
DARREN MATTOCKS TRADED TO D.C. UNITED
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.