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LAFC pick up top spot in MLS allocation ranking in trade with Nashville SC

A move before a big signing?

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Los Angeles Football Club announced on Wednesday they have acquired the No. 1 spot in the MLS allocation ranking following a trade with Nashville SC, in which LAFC sent over a combined $350,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2020 and 2021, LAFC’s natural second round selection in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft, and the No. 24 spot in the Allocation Ranking.

This is the second trade between the teams this month, after LAFC shipped starting defender Walker Zimmerman to the MLS expansion team in exchange for a boatload of cash. Now, LAFC are sending a portion of that back, in order to position themselves to sign a player.

What is the MLS allocation ranking, you may ask? It’s kind of like a waiver system in MLS, an order in which teams can pick up certain players. Those players eligible are on a list, made up of players transferred out of the league for a profit previously, U.S. Men’s National Team players and elite youth USMNT players, which is located here.

It’s no secret with the Zimmerman trade that LAFC need a new defender, pronto, and there are some interesting options on the list. Bear in mind, however, that while this move appears to show a signing is likely around the corner, the allocation ranking lasts all year and LAFC could opt to squat on the slot, then flip it themselves, or wait until later in the year to use it. But the most likely outcome is a player is arriving at some point to bolster the defense, which is a glaring need for LAFC at the moment. If they get a good player from this, this set-up move could be savvy indeed. Time will tell.

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