Gyazi Zardes traded to Colorado Rapids – Columbus Crew could receive over $1m

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Waived no trade clause 

US men’s national team striker Gyasi Zardes has been traded from the Columbus Crew to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for $300,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money (GAM). The Crew could also receive an additional $1.1 million in GAM if Zardes reaches certain performance metrics and re-signs with the club for an additional three years following the 2022 season—a total fee of $1.4 million would make Zardes one of the most expensive signings in club history. 

“Gyasi is an elite level attacker with a strong history of production and a successful track record both in MLS and with the U.S. Men’s National Team,” Colorado Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith said in a club statement “His character, mentality, experience, and goal-scoring prowess will greatly benefit our team. We’re thrilled to bolster our offense with his signing and look forward to welcoming him to Colorado.” 

Zardes waived his no-trade clause for the deal and will be a Designated Player at the Rapids. Zardes has been on the trading block since the start of the Major League Soccer season as the Columbus Crew have been exploring avenues to create more roster flexibility. Zardes, in turn, wanted to join a club that could guarantee him playing time ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

Gashi, Namli, Max & Co. – Colorado Rapids record signings at a glance

Gyasi Zardes | Signed from Columbus Crew in 2022 | Fee: $300,000

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Could grow to $1.4 million if Zardes signs a three-year contract at the end of the 2022 season.

Lalas Abubakar | Signed from Columbus Crew in 2019 | Fee: $400,000

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Was previously on loan.

Aboubacar Keita | Signed from Columbus Crew in 2022 | Fee: $450,000

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Nicolas Benezet | Signed from Guingamp in 2020 | Fee: $550,000

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Jonathan Lewis | Signed from NYCFC in 2019 | Fee: $650,000

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Auston Trusty | Signed from Philadelphia Union in 2019 | Fee: $750,000

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Gustavo Vallecilla | Traded from Cincinnati in 2022 | Fee: $850,000 GAM

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Max | Signed from Flamengo in 2022 | Fee: $1m

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Mark-Anthony Kaye | Signed from LAFC in 2021 | Fee: $1m GAM

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Younes Namli | Signed from Krasnodar in 2019 | Loan fee: $1.65m


Shkëlzen Gashi | Signed from FC Basel in 2016 | Fee: $2.97m

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