Fafa Picault is exchanging his Philadelphia Union blue for FC Dallas red.
The winger has been acquired by FC Dallas in exchange for $300,000 in general allocation money for 2020. The deal also includes a set of undisclosed performance metrics, which could bump up the Union’s compensation in the trade by another $75,000 of general allocation money for 2021.
Picault was out of contract after appearing in 32 regular season games for the Union in 2019, plus another two games during the postseason. He finished the year with four goals and four assists in the regular season, plus a goal and an assist during playoffs.
In 2018, he had a 10-goal and five-assist season for the Union, which was good enough to prompt a call-up to the U.S. men’s national team, but he hasn’t been able to stay in contention at the international level.
“We thank Fafa for his time served with the Philadelphia Union,” said Ernst Tanner, the Union’s sporting director, in a written statement. “His charisma on and off the field produced many notable moments for the club. Given our confidence with our roster at the position, this is the best move for club and a great opportunity for the player.”
The 28-year-old posted his farewell Tuesday, calling it “a bittersweet feeling” to say goodbye to Philadelphia but “it’s best for me to move on.”
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It’s a bittersweet feeling as I say goodbye. I will miss you all dearly, from Talen Energy, to Old city, north/south philly, Chester, and the suburbs. I came to play in the city of brotherly love, and you became my home. I gave you my heart, my passion, my body, my soul, and you returned the love. To Jim Curtin, thanks for allowing me to be myself on and off the pitch, and for making sure I was ok in probably the hardest moments of my personal life. Special thanks to the staff, my teammates, and everyone (no one excluded) that helps the club function daily. I know now that it’s best for me to move on, and I’m beyond excited to get the show on the road in Dallas. A new chapter in my journey, that I’m ready to conquer. God bless you all. Until next time Fafadelphia! #gazelle #slowfeetdonteat #Dallasbound