The Lions will trade the Uruguayan center-back José Aja in exchange for $125,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in 2019 with Vancouver Whitecaps. Also, Orlando city could acquire Vancouver's 2021 natural second-round draft pick if Aja stays in the club during 2020 campaign.
On the other hand, if the young defender is sold outside the MLS, the Lions will retain a percentage of his transfer. In addition, $300,000 could reach Orlando City’s wallet due to conditional add-ons through the next three seasons.
After this transfer many of the speculations for the next MLS season change drastically. For now, Orlando City goes back to only three “pure” center-backs with Jonathan Spector, Amro Tarek and the new Senegalese signing Lamine Sané.
Looking forward to the upcoming campaign, head coach Jason Kreis could add another player to the roster after Aja’s departure. However, it’s plausible that nobody else joins the pack and all things are ready for 2018.
Orlando City press release
“We thank José for his hard work and dedication to our Club since we first brought him on board”, stated Niki Budalic, Orlando City SC General Manager, according to the official press release of the transfer.
“He’s been a respectful and enjoyable professional to have on the team, and we wish him the best in his next endeavors”, he added.