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Allocation order holding up Giancarlo Gonzalez transfer

Likely a temporary setback

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The transfer of Bologna center back Giancarlo Gonzalez to the LA Galaxy has more or less been agreed upon, albeit informally. The Costa Rican’s Serie A club signed off on the move and Gonzalez has approved personal terms.

What’s been holding up the deal (now confirmed by Sam Stejskal) is a player acquisition mechanism: The Galaxy are 11th in the allocation order, meaning they would have to trade up to acquire the slot needed to bring the former Columbus Crew defender to MLS. Currently Toronto hold the top spot followed by Orlando City and the Colorado Rapids.

According to multiple sources, the Galaxy have tried to do just that in recent weeks. The sources said that LA have engaged in trade discussions with multiple clubs about moving up towards the top of the allocation ranking list.

Allocation spots are an expensive commodity so it shouldn’t be surprising if negotiations carry into next week, that being said a deal should be reached soon.