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FC Dallas trades Andrew Jacobson to New York City FC

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The veteran midfielder has been traded away to clear up cap room.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

This can be filed away in the 'that came out of nowhere' file.

FC Dallas announced on Tuesday that they have traded Andrew Jacobson to MLS expansion side New York City FC for NYCFC's 2016 third round SuperDraft pick.

Jacobson was announced as the team's captain at the beginning of the 2014 season but never really worked out in Oscar Pareja's system due to injuries.

Jacobson was acquired via trade with Philadelphia on Feb. 18, 2011. The midfielder appeared in 98 matches, started 85 times and logged 7,281 minutes with FC Dallas in the past four seasons. During that time, the California product scored five goals and added seven assists.

The move clears up cap space for FC Dallas to work with here. Based on some rough estimates from a source close to the team, the club has nearly $400k to work with going forward here this summer. Jacobson did count towards $200k on the salary cap based on his salary figures released by the MLS Players Union earlier this year.

Even though Fernando Clavijo and Oscar Pareja have stated publicly that they weren't interested in making any big moves this summer, clearing out some cap space likely means they're looking to make a change next month.

We do have to remember that FC Dallas is currently number two in the MLS Allocation Order as well.

We here at Big D Soccer certainly wish Jacobson the very best with his new club (except against FCD of course).