Friday afternoon, NYCFC announced that they traded backup center back and local drip king Sebastien Ibeagha to LAFC in exchange for $150,000 in General Allocated Money (GAM). City also disclosed that an additional $50,000 can be gained if Ibeagha reaches certain performance incentives.
Ibeagha, 29, joined New York City FC prior to the 2018 season. Then the reigning USL Defender of the Year, the Nigerian-born defender made his first MLS appearances with the Boys in Blue en route to becoming a mainstay depth piece behind regulars Maxime Chanot and Alexander Callens, and even filled in at right back on occasion.
On his move, Ibeagha said: “New York has been my home for the past four years and I have been blessed to be part of the Club. I don’t have the words to thank everyone enough, but to my teammates, staff, and fans—thank you for rocking with me, fighting for me and being in my corner. I will truly miss NYCFC, the people I’ve had the honor of meeting and those who have become my family. New York, I love you and wish you all the best.”
While Seb was well-liked by teammates and fans alike due to his infectious personality, drive on the pitch, and amazing fashion sense, the trade makes complete sense for NYCFC. An initial fee of $150k in GAM — and potentially another $50k down the road — is more than enough for a player in, who all honesty, was gonna ride the bench for most of the season.
We wish Seb the best of luck in the future and appreciate all the years he gave everything to the badge.