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LAFC, FC Cincinnati complete trade for allocation money, draft picks and more

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Barber (left) poses with FC Cincinnati team owner Carl Lindner III after announcing the team's acceptance to the league on May 29, 2018. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK)

Major League Soccer expansion side FC Cincinnati will have an extra first-round pick in Friday’s SuperDraft after completing a deal with Los Angeles FC.

The deal, announced Wednesday, has LAFC sending $175,000 in General Allocation Money and the No. 16 overall selection in the 2019 draft to Cincinnati in exchange for the No. 73 pick in this year’s draft and Cincinnati’s initial 2020 allocation ranking.

However, the 2020 allocation ranking portion of the trade is only applicable if Cincinnati is outside of the top five in the initial order. Should Cincinnati be within the top five, the allocation ranking portion of the trade will move to 2021.

The trade gives the Orange and Blue five picks in Friday’s draft, including the No. 1 overall pick and three other selections inside the first 30 picks. Cincinnati had several staff members and coaches at the MLS Combine in Orlando this week, and this trade indicates they have found a few players worthy of first-round selections.

For LAFC, the trade leaves them without a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, but the second-year club owns selections in each of the other three rounds.

In its first season of MLS play, LAFC finished with a 16-9-9 record and was eliminated in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

FC Cincinnati will begin its first MLS season this year, beginning its campaign on the road March 2 against the Seattle Sounders.




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