Winners and losers: How the transfer window went for all 20 MLS teams
Added: Defender Norberto Paparatto (signed from abroad/trade from Portland), forward Getterson (loan from J. Malucelli), defender Aubrey David (loan from Saprissa)
Sent: Targeted Allocation Money (traded to Portland), midfielder Fabian Castillo (sold to Trabzonspor)
Analysis: At the end of the day, Dallas knew it was getting worse in this window if the sale of Fabian Castillo went down, which it did. Right now, the best team in MLS is now a weaker team, and there is no short-term fix for that. FC Dallas did what it could otherwise in the window, reinforcing its defensive depth and adding a player who can help in the attack. And while the Castillo loss hurts the off-field product, it is a huge influx of cash that can be used to help the first team and especially the academy and infrastructure – where the majority of the money will be spent.
Added: Defender Keyner Brown (loan from Herediano, trade with Vancouver), midfielder Jose Escalante (signed from RGVFC), midfielder Yair Arboleda (loan from Independiente Santa Fe), Eric Alexander (trade from Montreal), General Allocation Money (trade from Vancouver)
Sent: Forward Giles Barnes (traded to Vancouver)
Analysis: Houston continued its roster overhaul by shipping Barnes to Vancouver, and you can hear the vision of the team when front-office members talk about the large amounts of cash coming back from that sale. This is a team that has to start looking beyond just 2016, and it is doing that not only by adding to the coffers but also with some youthful additions. Brown and Arboleda both have escape clauses as loans, but both are young players who can help and be evaluated. Eric Alexander provides solid MLS depth in the midfield.
Analysis: This is the best because it’s the ultimate Bruce Arena transfer window: “We’re good. Thanks.” Almost as fun as when he passes at the MLS SuperDraft. Let’s see if the Galaxy’s age catches up to it late in the season, but LA has some really exciting young pieces, too.
Added: Defender Amadou Dia (trade from SKC), forward Matteo Mancosu (loan from Bologna), midfielder Hernan Bernardello, General Allocation Money (trade from Houston), Targeted Allocation Money (trade from Houston)
Sent: Forward Cameron Porter (traded to SKC), Eric Alexander (traded to Houston)
Analysis: You really have to like what Montreal accomplished in this window. They added an interesting piece in Mancosu, who scored 26 goals in Serie B in 2013-14, while also adding some quality depth with Dia and Bernardello, both of whom can be trusted with solid MLS pieces. The only downside of this window was not moving Johan Venegas, who has fallen out of favor but is a bright young player. How could there not have been a trade partner out there? One source said Montreal had an MLS bidder, but turned it down because it was in-conference. Montreal prefers to move Venegas out of MLS, which is still possible.
New England Revolution
Added: General Allocation Money (trade from Philadelphia), Targeted Allocation Money (trade from Philadelphia), 2018 1st-round pick (trade from Philadelphia)
Sent: Forward Charlie Davies (traded to Philadelphia), 2018 3rd-round pick (traded to Philadelphia)
Analysis: New England is traditionally tough to make deals with, and you can see why. They pried a ton of assets out of Philadelphia in exchange for Charlie Davies, who was going to see his playing time dip with Kei Kamara in the lineup and Juan Agudelo very capable of playing up top in the target role. We don’t and won’t know how much allocation money moved to truly judge this move, however, so I guess it’s kind of an incomplete grade for New England.
New York City FC
Added: Defender Maxim Chanot (signed from KV Kortrijk), Targeted Allocation Money (trade from Portland), General Allocation Money (traded to D.C. United), 2017 3rd-round pick (trade from Portland)
Sent: Rights to Gbenga Arokoyo (traded to Portland), forward Patrick Mullins (traded to D.C. United), midfielder Kwadwo Poku (sold to Miami FC)
Analysis: You have to appreciate that New York moved two under-utilized pieces for good cash. Poku commanded a reported $700,000, while Mullins went for “substantial” allocation money, per the Washington Post. Meanwhile, NYCFC reinforced its poor back line with the addition of Chanot and now has some cash in its coffers to make moves in the January window. Not bad for a team that’s sitting pretty in the Eastern Conference.
New York Red Bulls
Added: Forward Daniel Royer (signed from FC Midtjylland), forward Omer Damari (signed from RB Leipzig), General Allocation Money (trade from D.C. United)
Sent: Midfielder Lloyd Sam (traded to D.C. United)
Analysis: The Red Bulls probably had the most intriguing window of any team in MLS. We just don’t know what they’re going to get out of Royer and Damari, who come with varying resumes. Royer contributed in the 2. Bundesliga, Austrian league and in Denmark, and he could be the type of two-way winger that can step in and help right away. Damari had great success in the Israeli league, scoring 26 goals in 2013-14, but didn’t find a ton of playing time in Austria. Still, he’s shown he is a capable scorer. The question now is whether the designated player will serve as more than depth for the Red Bulls, and expensive depth at that. Two additions with high upsides.
Orlando City SC
Added: Midfielder Matias Perez Garcia (traded from San Jose), defender Jose Aja (signed from Nacional), rights to Tony Rocha (traded from SKC), international slot
Sent: Midfielder Darwin Cerén (traded to SJ), salary budget space (traded to SJ)
Analysis: This was an interesting move. Several sources around MLS thought it was a good move for San Jose, which will get some help in Cerén right away. Perez Garcia will add good attacking depth to a team that has long needed it. He can step in and play for Kaká or Kevin Molino, and maybe with them, which would be a dynamic front line. He also comes at a cheap price and on an option year, which means Orlando City gets help for a playoff push for relatively nothing and could cut ties at the end of the year. There’s nothing to be disappointed in with that if you’re a fan of the Lions. Losing Cerén hits a nerve for some because he was a fan favorite, but while he’s a good value midfielder in MLS, he’s not irreplaceable and not a perfect fit for Kreis’ system if Orlando moves that way next season.