The club has announced today that they've traded Midfielder Andrew Jacobson to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money, or TAM.
Jacobson was a Starting XI regular last year, featuring prominently as the team's go to defensive midfielder for much of the year. Also, this:
This year, however, things have changed. With new head coach Patrick Vieira also came a new formation and new style of play. His high press attacking philosophy called for different a skill set from his midfielders, and as such players like McNamara and Mix have become standouts in his eyes. Also, the team has acquired young defensive midfield talent in the form of Mikey Lopez and Federico Bravo as well. With the added infusion of talent on the roster, Jacobson's playing time was going to be hard to come by. It also seems like Jacobson himself may have been looking for a change of scenery.
Sporting Director Claudio Reyna had this to say regarding the move, per NYCFC.com:
"During the off-season Andrew informed us that he wished to move closer to his family. Out of respect for the player, we’re pleased to have agreed a trade which works for both Andrew and our Club. All of us at New York City FC would like to thank Andrew for his service to the Club in our Inaugural Season and we wish AJ all the best moving forward in his career."
Jacobson himself also spoke about the move:
"I want to sincerely thank New York City FC for helping me make a move to be closer to my family. I also want to thank the New York City fans for making this past year such a memorable one. Playing for an expansion franchise in New York City was an amazing experience, and I am very grateful for the opportunity the Club gave me to be a part of making history."
While the team has definitely added it's fair share of talent this offseason, it still remains to be seen if anyone on the team can bring the 'bulldog' mentality Jacobson often added on the pitch. His hard nosed style of play was very much needed last season, and his toughness will be missed. Happy trails Andrew, and we'll never forget you for this wonderful moment: