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Chicago Fire show “concrete interest” in Niederlechner – FC Augsburg reluctant

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After signing Rafael Czichos, Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire are interested in another Bundesliga player. The object of desire? FC Augsburg forward Florian Niederlechner. Chicago Fire technical director Sebastian Pelzer confirmed the interest in a conversation with Sky Austria but also pointed out that for now, a transfer will be difficult. “We have told his club that we have a concrete interest—unfortunately Augsburg don’t want to let him leave.” 

Niederlechner joined Augsburg in 2019 and his contract expires at the end of the Bundesliga season. The 31-year-old has scored 23 goals and 15 assists in 76 games for the Fuggerstädter. This season the former Freiburg, Heidenheim, and Mainz forward struggled with several smaller injuries and often came off the bench. Although the contract expires in the summer, German magazine kicker reported that Niederlechner’s contract will be automatically be renewed once he hits a certain amount of games.

Giménez, Nikolics, Aliseda & Co.: Chicago Fire FC’s record arrivals

Boris Sekulic | Signed from Górnik Zabrze in 2020 | Fee: $440,000

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C.J. Sapong | Signed from Philadelphia Union in 2019 | Fee: $440,000

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Dax McCarty | Signed from New York Red Bulls in 2017 | Fee: $440,000

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Marcelo | Signed from Sporting CP in 2019 | Fee: $484,000

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Rafael Czichos | Signed from 1.FC Köln in 2022 | Fee: $500,000

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Dipsy Selolwane | Signed from Vejle BK in 2003 | Fee: $550,000

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Luka Stojanovic | Signed from FK Cukaricki in 2020 | Fee: $550,000

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Piotr Nowak | Signed from 1860 Munich in 1998 | Fee: $594,000

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Shaun Maloney | Signed from Wigan Athletic in 2015 | Fee: $649,000

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Chinonso Offor | Signed from FK RFS in 2021 | Fee: $836,000

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Przemyslaw Frankowski | Signed from Jagiellonia in 2019 | Fee: $1.65m

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David Accam | Signed from Helsingborgs IF in 2015 | Fee: $2.2m

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Robert Beric | Signed from AS Saint-Étienne in 2020 | Fee: $2.2m

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Ignacio Aliseda | Signed from Defensa y Justicia in 2020 | Fee: $3.3m

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Nemanja Nikolics | Signed from Legia Warszawa in 2017 | Fee: $3.3m

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Gastón Giménez | Signed from Vélez Sarsfield in 2020 | Fee: $4.5m

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Federico Navarro | Signed CA Talleres in 2021 | Fee: $5m

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DeAndre Yedlin is officially available

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DeAndre Yedlin is officially back on the market after Galatasaray announced that the Seattle native was no longer with the team. It had been previously reported that Yedlin was going to accept a buyout.

Yedlin ended up spending less than a year in Turkey, making 27 appearances and 24 starts in league play for one of the country’s biggest clubs. After helping nearly win the Turkish Süper Lig in his first season and falling just short of Champions League qualification, Galatasaray has slumped to 14th about midway through this season. Yedlin had started 15 of 23 games so far.

It’s not entirely clear what’s next for Yedlin. Last week, there was reporting that he was close to returning to MLS, with Inter Miami being the most likely destination. Not only does Miami have a personal connection with Yedlin through Chris Henderson, but they also hold the top spot in the Allocation Order and are in need of a right back. But Yedlin’s agent publicly disputed reports that a signing was imminent.

Around the same time, reports surfaced that Yedlin was in talks with Hull City about potentially returning to England. Hull are currently 19th in the EFL Championship, nine points clear of the relegation zone. Hull are also run by Tan Kesler, who helped bring Yedlin to Galatasaray last summer while working as an agent.

In the meantime, Yedlin remains with the United States men’s national team for a trio of World Cup qualifiers.



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Amber Brooks waived by OL Reign

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OL Reign bid farewell to Amber Brooks on Tuesday, announcing that the defender has been waived to allow her to pursue opportunities for more playing time with another club. Brooks was in her second stint with the Reign, having returned to the club ahead of the 2020 season.

“As our squad for the upcoming season evolved it became apparent that opportunities for Amber would be limited this year. After sharing these expectations with Amber, she and I agreed that her best option was a move to another team in the NWSL,” said OL Reign head coach Laura Harvey in a team release. “We are hopeful that by making this move before preseason it provides Amber a well-deserved chance with another NWSL team. Amber has been an incredible professional during her time with the club and we wish her nothing but the best.”

Brooks previously played for the then-named Seattle Reign FC in 2015, making 12 appearances and scoring one goal for the NWSL Shield-winning side. In the following off-season she was traded to the Houston Dash, where she spent the next four years before returning to the Reign.

In 2020 she helped anchor the Reign backline during the Challenge Cup and Fall Series, making 8 appearances and scoring a goal against Portland. In 2021 she played in three of the team’s four Challenge Cup matches as well as making 11 appearances for 321 minutes in the regular season, but saw her playing time decrease as the season progressed and newly returned head coach Laura Harvey settled on a consistent backline which did not include her.



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D.C. United Acquire MLS Domestic Trade Fee Record $2 Million Guaranteed in GAM for Winger Paul Arriola

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Washington, DC (Jan. 26, 2022) – D.C. United have acquired a Major League Soccer (MLS) domestic trade fee record of $2 million in General Allocation Money (GAM) from FC Dallas in exchange for winger Paul Arriola. The club will receive $1.5 million GAM in 2022 and $500,000 in GAM in 2023. D.C. United will also receive an additional $300,000 in GAM if Arriola achieves certain performance-based incentives while with FC Dallas, as well as retain 30% of any transfer fee if the player is transferred outside of MLS. Arriola was a Designated Player for D.C. United.

“We want to thank Paul for his commitment and service to the club since he arrived in 2017,” Lucy Rushton, D.C. United General Manager, said. “He has been an integral player for our team and has been a model professional both on and off the field. We wish him luck in the next chapter of his career in Dallas.”

Arriola joined D.C. United from Liga MX side, Club Tijuana, on a permanent transfer in August 2017 as a Young Designated Player. Since joining D.C. United, Arriola has scored 20 goals and recorded 16 assists in 91 appearances (85 starts) in MLS play since making his debut on Aug. 12, 2017.

In 2021, Arriola scored six goals and recorded four assists in 20 appearances (19 starts) for the Black-and-Red after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Feb. 2020. His final goal for the club was on Oct. 30, 2021 against Columbus Crew SC and his last appearance was in the MLS Decision Day match against Toronto on Nov. 7, 2021.

Arriola was a regular for the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) during his tenure with the Black-and-Red. The 26-year-old has scored eight goals and recorded six assists in 42 appearances for the Red-White-and-Blue since making his national team debut on May 22, 2016, against Puerto Rico.

Transaction: D.C. United acquire $2,000,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from FC Dallas in exchange for winger Paul Arriola. The club will receive $1.5 million GAM in 2022 and $500,000 in GAM in 2023. D.C. United will also receive an additional $300,000 in GAM if Arriola achieves certain performance-based incentives while with FC Dallas, as well as retain 30% of any transfer fee if the player is transferred outside of MLS.





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