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Final Transactions for All 24 MLS Teams in the Transfer Window

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With the summer transfer window closed, it’s time to look back at the final moves that snuck in before the deadline.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

If you are anything like me, it’s hard to keep up with all 24 teams in Major League Soccer. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with just one team. With the secondary transfer window having closed on August 7th, this is our final installment of the moves from the window. Here are the teams in alphabetical order (except Sporting KC, who are first in our hearts and on this list).

For Sporting KC, we’ll include the stories from last two updates, but for the rest of the teams, we’ll just stick to new stuff that happened since the last two versions of this story, which leaves a couple teams with no news. If you are looking for prior news and rumors, be sure to check out the prior versions of this story:

Part One

Part Two

Also, even though the transfer window is now officially closed, there is no reason teams can’t still make moves. It’s just a bit tougher. A few moves already happened after the transfer window closed and are included here.

Sporting Kansas City

Atlanta United

Austin FC

Chicago Fire

  • They made a trade with the Impact to swap spots in the allocation order. In addition to swapping spots in the allocation order (Chicago moved down) they acquired midfielder Michael Azira and a 2020 2nd round SuperDraft pick in exchange for defender Jorge Corrales.
  • Somehow, the Fire traded the rights to Celtic left back Andrew Gutman (they never signed him though he was eligible to be a Homegrown) to Cincinnati. They also attached a 2020 3rd round SuperDraft pick. In exchange they’ll get at least $50,000 in GAM this year plus up to $150,000 in future GAM. Chicago retains a percentage of any future transfer fee. Two peak MLS trades from Chicago.

Colorado Rapids

Columbus Crew SC

  • The Crew continue a busy window by selling little used winger Niko Hansen to the Dynamo for $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
  • Columbus also sold CB Gaston Sauro to Liga MX side Toluca FC (who famously bombed out of the CCL to Sporting KC). No word on the transfer fee.

D.C. United

FC Cincinnati

  • Former United States International winger Joe Gyau is coming to Cincinnati via MSV Duisburg (Germany 3.Liga).
  • Cincy also added another promising young talent in left back Andrew Gutman on loan from Celtic (Scotland). The loan runs all the way through the end of the 2020 season. Celtic previously tried to loan Gutman to Nashville SC, but they couldn’t because of MLS rules as the Chicago Fire owned his rights. Cincy obtained those rights in exchange for $50,000 in 2019 GAM and up to $150,000 in future GAM. Cincy sent their 2020 3rd round pick in the SuperDraft as part of the deal as well. The Fire also own a percentage of any future transfer fee for Gutman.
  • Cincy acquired Derrick Etienne Jr. on loan from the Red Bulls for the Chicago Fire’s 3rd round SuperDraft pick in 2020. The loan runs through the end of 2019.
  • Cincinnati released veteran midfielder Eric Alexander.

FC Dallas

Houston Dynamo

Inter Miami CF

LA Galaxy

Los Angeles Football Club

Minnesota United

Montreal Impact

Nashville SC

New England Revolution

New York City FC

New York Red Bulls

Orlando City

  • OCSC have added a new Designated Player. They signed Uruguayan attacking midfielder Mauricio Pereyra on a free transfer after his deal expired with FC Krasnodar (Russia). It’s only an 18-month deal through the end of the 2020 season.

Philadelphia Union

Portland Timbers

Real Salt Lake

San Jose Earthquakes

Seattle Sounders

  • The Sounders acquired midfielder Emanuel Cecchini on loan from Malaga CF (Spain) through the 2020 season.
  • Seattle also brought MLS veteran Luis Silva (FWD/MID) back to the league from FC Honka (Finland).

Toronto FC

  • TFC have added winger Nicolas Benezet on loan from Ligue 2 side Guingamp (France) as a TAM signing. They hold an option to buy at the end of the loan.

Vancouver Whitecaps

With the transfer window shut, the moves should slow down, but as always, it’s worth remembering the roster freeze date in MLS is August 30th and more signings can (and will) happen.