Major League Soccer side Atlanta United FC and USL Championship club Phoenix Rising FC reached an agreement on a transaction involving two players Tuesday.
Atlanta acquired Adam Jahn in a transfer from Phoenix and signed the forward to its roster for the 2020 season. As part of the deal, Atlanta is sending homegrown forward Lagos Kunga to Phoenix on-loan for the upcoming USL season.
Atlanta also paid Phoenix an undisclosed fee for Jahn. The move for Atlanta was announced just hours after the club had traded versatile winger Julian Gressel to D.C. United.
“Adam brings a wealth of MLS experience and we’re pleased to add him to our roster,” Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “He is coming off a strong season with Phoenix and will provide additional competition to our attack.”
Jahn, 29, has logged more than 100 appearances in MLS, but spent last season with Phoenix and thrived in the USL Championship. The 6-foot-3 striker tallied 17 goals and five assists and was part of a Phoenix offense that set a USL record for most goals scored in a single season. Jahn also helped Phoenix capture the USL Championship’s Supporters’ Shield last season, as they captured a league-record 78 points.
After playing his college soccer at Stanford, Jahn was acquired by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. Jahn had six goals and an assist in 67 games with the Quakes, and then was traded to Columbus Crew SC in 2016. With the Crew, Jahn had seven goals and one assist in 46 games. Ironically, he converted the penalty kick that eliminated Atlanta from the 2017 playoffs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Jahn has also played with Sacramento Republic FC and Oklahoma City Energy FC on loans, scoring eight goals in 30 appearances with the USL clubs.
To replace Jahn’s production, Phoenix may turn to its newest acquisition in Kunga, a young winger with quick feet. For the 21-year-old, 2020 will be the fourth season that he has seen playing time in the USL Championship. Kunga played in two games with the Charleston Battery in 2017, 31 games with ATL UTD 2 in 2018, and 22 games with Memphis 901 FC last season.
In 57 USL Championship appearances, he has tallied six goals and four assists. Kunga has appeared in just one game with Atlanta United, playing 25 minutes in a 2017 U.S. Open Cup match. He signed a homegrown player deal with Atlanta that same season.
“It’s a good opportunity for Lagos, as Phoenix expressed an interest in acquiring him,” Bocanegra said. “We see this as a mutually beneficial trade for both teams.”