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Héber traded to Seattle Sounders

NYCFC will get up to $550,000 in General Allocation Money in return

We had some good times.
Photograph by Katie Cahalin, courtesy NYCFC.com

New York City FC traded Héber to Seattle Sounders in exchange for as much as $550,000 in General Allocation Money. The announcement made by NYCFC moments ago stated that the club will receive $200,000 in 2023 GAM and $200,000 in 2024 GAM, “with an additional $150,000 if certain performance-based incentives are met.” The statement issued by the club confirms the rumor tweeted yesterday by MLS oracle Tom Bogert.

The 31-year-old striker joined NYCFC after the start of the 2019 season from HNK Rijeka in Croatia and made an immediate impact, scoring 15 goals in just 22 appearances. His production dipped during the following pandemic-addled season, then a torn ACL sidelined him until the very end of 2021. He returned to the lineup in 2022, and found more playing time after the mid-season departure of Taty Castellanos, but he didn’t come close to matching his production in 2019, scoring just nine goals in 29 appearances.

It should be said that his final goal for NYCFC was a thing of beauty, vintage Héber: The striker lost his marker and directed a cross from Santiago Rodríguez into the back of the net, giving New York City the lead over Montréal in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Let’s enjoy it together:

Transfermarkt currently values the striker at €2 million, down from his €3.8 million valuation when he joined NYCFC.

Even though he never returned to the form he displayed in 2019, Héber was popular among the squad and well-liked by people within the organization. He was an important part of the harmonious locker room that has characterized NYCFC these past two seasons.

Héber’s exit is just the latest departure for NYCFC this offseason. The club have now lost three regular starters in playmaker Maxi Moralez, defensive midfielder Nicolás Acevedo, and right-back Anton Tinnherholm, and could lose another three as goalkeeper Sean Johnson, center-back Alex Callens, and attacking midfielder Santiago Rodríguez are out of contract on January 1.

You can read about all of NYCFC’s transfer news here.