The Galaxy have cashed in on a player who actually hasn’t been a member of the club for years: This morning LA announced they have traded the rights of Paul Arriola to D.C. United for an impressive sum of cash.
The LA Galaxy have received $500,000 in Allocation Money from D.C. United in exchange for the rights to midfielder Paul Arriola, the club announced today. As part of the deal, the Galaxy will receive $300,000 in General Allocation Monday and $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from United.
That’s a neat trick, but how did the front office pull it off?
In 2013, Paul Arriola was a LA Galaxy academy player who declined a contract offer from Jovan Kirovski to sign with Club Tijuana. Arriola may not have spent enough time at the academy to qualify as a Homegrown Player, but Kirovski’s attempt to sign the midfielder did grant LA right of first refusal for his services.
Not everyone agrees with the move.
Best move the @LAGalaxy FO has done all season.— herculez gomez (@herculezg) August 9, 2017
That’s ok, Herc doesn’t like a lot of things.
There’s also the question of what the Galaxy plan to do with their newly acquired cash. For now we’ll just have to wait and see.