Draft MLS extender Charlotte FC then trades Tristan Blackmon, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi

Charlotte FC selected five players in the Major League Soccer’s Open Draft, although some of them have not been with the team for long periods of time.

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A select pair – LAFC defender Tristan Blackmon and New York City FC front Ismael Tajouri-Shradi – was transacted immediately. Charlotte sent Blackmon to Vancouver Whitecaps with $350,000 in General Allocations for 2022 and another $125,000 in GAMs for 2023. Tajouri-Shradi, who had just won the MLS Cup with NYCFC, was sent to LAFC in exchange for $400,000 in GAM.

Charlotte starts the draft by choosing Austin FC Midfielder McKinzie Gaines. Gaines, 23, has spent most of his career in Germany, playing for the likes of Darmstadt 98, FSV Zwickau, SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach and Hannover 96 before heading to the MLS, where he played last season for Austin.

Next is the selection of a versatile pair of players in Anton Walkes belong to Atlanta United FC and Joseph Mora are from DC United. London-born Walkes started his career with the Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur, before going on loan to Atlanta United and later Portsmouth. Walkes was then transferred to Portsmouth, where he spent two seasons. He then returned to Atlanta, where he spent the last two campaigns.

Mora started her career in her hometown Costa Rica, but spent the past four seasons with DC, where he made 76 appearances in total.

Walkes can play as a central defender or an attacker, while Mora can play on the left flank as both a defender and midfielder. Mora’s green card, and thus being counted as a domestic player, made him an attractive option.

The newest club to join the league, Charlotte will open her first season on February 26 in DC and will take on LA Galaxy in its opening home game on March 5.

https://www.espn.com/soccer/charlotte-fc/story/4547916/mls-expansion-side-charlotte-fc-drafts-then-trades-tristan-blackmonismael-tajouri-shradi Draft MLS extender Charlotte FC then trades Tristan Blackmon, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi

Jake Nichol

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