NYCFC honor Jacobson’s trade request, receive TAM from Whitecaps

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Andrew Jacobson wanted to move west to be closer to his family and New York City FC successfully honored that request.

On Friday, the club announced that Jacobson was traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money.

“I want to sincerely thank New York City FC for helping me make a move to be closer to my family,” Jacobson said. “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.”

Jacobson started 33 times for NYCFC last year scoring once and recording two assists. He joined New York City in a trade from FC Dallas in 2014.

“I’m really excited to join Whitecaps FC,” Jacobson told Whitecapsfc.com. “It’s a top class club with a great coach and a lot of young talent. Every day I’m going to show up and do whatever I can to help the team win and make the players around me better. I would also like to thank New York City FC for accommodating this move for me and my family, which allows us to move closer to home.”

The trade is pending the receipt of ITC as well as Jacobson’s Canadian work permit and visa. Jacobson will add 174 games of MLS experience to the Whitecaps’ young roster.

“Andrew is a quality midfielder with valuable MLS experience,” said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. “He’s shown in the past that he can step into a new situation and be relied on to contribute. Andrew will also be an important asset in the locker room, as he will help guide our young midfielders.”

NYCFC receive an undisclosed sum of TAM from the Whitecaps.

“During the off-season Andrew informed us that he wished to move closer to his family,” Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said. “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.”