After making several key additions throughout the offseason, Orlando City on Saturday subtracted one player.
Center back José Aja was traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for $125,000 in 2019 Targeted Allocation Money.
The club could acquire an additional $300,000 in conditional add-ons, according to a news release. If Aja is sold outside of MLS, the club retains a percentage of the transfer.
Orlando City also receives Vancouver’s 2021 second-round draft pick if Aja remains with the Whitecaps through the 2020 season.
“We thank José for his hard work and dedication to our Club since we first brought him on board,” said club General Manager Niki Budalic. “He’s been a respectful and enjoyable professional to have on the team, and we wish him the best in his next endeavors.”
Orlando City bolstered its back line during the offseason. Two of the club’s biggest acquisitions — Lamine Sané and Amro Tarek — have been at center back. Donny Toia also saw time at center back during Saturday’s preseason training scrimmage against the Chicago Fire.
Gracias Jose, Buena sorte , eres un gran professional. Good to have a needed TAM and cap relief. https://t.co/PX12LNaXO7
— Alex Leitao (@alexleitao) February 24, 2018