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NYCFC gain 9th international roster spot from Portland Timbers

The Boys in Blue trade $160,000 in General Allocated Money for a potential boost to their roster in 2021

New York City FC v Orlando City SC: Round One - MLS Cup Playoffs Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

New York City FC is not short on options when it comes to building their squad for the 2021 season. In addition to Alexandru Mitrita being on loan in Saudi Arabia until the end of next season (essentially the team parting ways with him), Jesus Medina’s Young Designated Player contract loses it’s status next season as well. This give NYCFC two DP slots they can use in 2021.

That’s not all, though.

Earlier today, it was announced that New York City had completed a transaction with the Portland Timbers to gain an additional international roster slot in 2021. This puts the team’s international slots up to 9 for next season. In order to get the international roster slot, they parted with $160,000 in General Allocated Money (GAM).

By the end of this year, City were only occupying five of their eight available international roster spots. With Gary Mackay-Steven not under contract for next season — and assuming he and the club cannot come to terms on a new contract — NYCFC will have five open slots to fill next season.

Because of the already available roster space, a move like this makes it seems that NYCFC is planning on bringing in quite a few new faces next season.

City is due to continue their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal tie with Tigres UANL on Tuesday, December 15 in Orlando, Florida.