During the past few days two major moves went down in MLS. Atlanta United traded Julian Gressel to DC United and LA Galaxy signed Javier Hernandez. Both moves are haymakers in terms of league composition and the Gressel trade directly affects the New England Revolution.
Atlanta sent Gressel to DC in exchange for a minimum of $750k in targeted allocation money that could reach $ 1.1 million if certain thresholds are hit. The former Providence College Friar heads been in MLS for two seasons and at 26-years-old has solidified himself as a star.
In his first three seasons in MLS the midfielder has appeared in 98 matches, 88 starts, with 15 goals and 35 assists and won the 2018 MLS Cup with Atlanta.
On paper the move feels odd for Atlanta but Gressel was entering the final year of his entry level deal that would only pay him $150k. D.C. plans on changing that by reportedly upping his salary and extending him.A few weeks ago D.C. United was in an odd place with no real urgency to replace Wayne Rooney. Now they have transferred in midfielder Edision Flores for $5 million and made a move for Gressel.
Feels like D.C. United could be right back where they were last season and have upside to grow as a side under the watchful eye of Ben Olsen.
New England faces D.C. 6/6/20 and 8/29/20.
Unclear how this affects Atlanta but it feels like a big step backwards given the playmaking ability’s of Gressel. Not only did Atlanta trade away Gressel but they also traded Darlington Nagbe who started 32 matches for them last season.
Atlanta did make a move on Thursday transferring in 23-year-old midfielder Jake Mulraney. The Dublin, Ireland native comes over from the Scottish Premiership where he has appeared in 17 matches this season with one goal and two assists. Coincidently his first pro contract was with the Queens Park Rangers, the former second tier side of Revs defender Michael Mancienne.
Tough to get a read on Atlanta at the moment.
The Revs take on Atlanta on 7/8/20 and 8/12/20.
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As for the Galaxy landing Hernandez is a game changer with the Mexican superstar being the perfect match for the market and to fill the void left by Zlatan. The 31-year-old is a goal scoring machine most importantly he is a winner. Two Premier League titles, Mexican Primera Division, FIFA Club World Cup, Concacaf Gold Cup, and Concacaf Cup.
This move doesn’t directly affect the Revolution but it should keep the Galaxy firmly in the Western Conference playoff picture and the Revs actually face LA in preseason action on 2/10.
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