New York Red Bulls make early season transfer; Austin FC's roadshow continues

Just days before the second matchday of the MLS season, FC Cincinnati and New York Red Bulls have made a trade.

Midfielder Frankie Amaya heads to New York while Jaap Stam's side will receive at least $950,000 in General Allocation Money.

As an expansion team in 2019, FC Cincinnati used the first overall pick of the 2019 SuperDraft to take Amaya out of UCLA. Amaya signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS and scored his first professional goal at the MLS is Back Tournament on July 16, 2020.

The rumor of trade between the teams has been going through the media for weeks. The deal finally was announced on Tuesday, and FCC could receive another $125,000 if certain performance-based criteria are met by the 20-year-old in New York.

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Amaya requested a move over the winter and left Stam's system for that of Gerhard Struber. He was called up by the USMNT last November but contracted COVID-19 and was replaced on the roster.

Cincinnati tied Nashville SC in the opener, and they play on the road against New York City FC this Saturday. Paddy Power has NYCFC at 5/12 to win while FCC is 33/5 and a draw is 19/5.

The Red Bulls opened the season with a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City. Amaya will be available on Sunday for a road game at Los Angeles Galaxy, where RBNY are 21/10 while the hosts are 6/4 and a draw is 5/2.

Austin's Road Tour Continues

Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey is part owner of the new MLS side Austin FC, and his new team opens the season seven straight road games until Q2 Stadium is ready to open in June.

The schedule saw Austin FC play at LAFC in the opener, a 2-0 loss against one of the league's top teams. This weekend they head to Colorado Rapids, searching for their first ever win.

Josh Wolff, one-time USA assistant manager, now at Austin FC
Josh Wolff, one-time USA assistant manager, now at Austin FC

Sporting director Claudio Reyna has put together a very competitive team, coached by Josh Wolff. Matt Besler, Alexander Ring, Nick Lima, Ben Sweat, and Brad Stuver bring experience to a team that will eventually play seven of nine games at home from June 19 to August 4. They can also draw off last year's results as two expansion teams made the MLS Cup Playoffs in Nashville SC, and Inter Miami FC.

According to Paddy Power, Austin FC are 4/1 to grab their first ever win on Saturday night. Colorado Rapids, who drew 0-0 at FC Dallas in the opener, are 13/17, while a draw is 29/10.

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