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FC Dallas trades Shaft Brewer to LAFC

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FC Dallas receives fourth round pick in 2019 MLS SuperDraft.  

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FC Dallas has traded forward/midfielder Shaft Brewer to Los Angeles Football Club in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

FC Dallas will also receive $50,000 of General Allocation for Brewer if certain playing criteria are met.

The attacker began his youth career with Sacramento Republic FC’s academy, leading the U-15/16 side with 12 goals in his first season with the club. Brewer appeared with the FC Dallas academy a year later, where he played in 15 matches before signing with German side RB Leipzig. He appeared with the German club’s U19 side most recently, tallying his only goal in a win over Osnabrück U-19 on Nov. 18, 2017.

So why did FC Dallas not get more for this deal if he spent time in the FCD Academy (like D.C. United sending allocation money to LA for the rights to Paul Arriola, who spent one year in the Galaxy Academy)? It may come down to the lack of time Brewer spent in the FCD Academy and the fact that FCD never offered him a HGP deal. LA offered Arriola a HGP deal at one point while sources tell Big D Soccer that FCD never offered one to Brewer.

A fourth round pick isn’t a whole lot these days in MLS but if Brewer is able to met that “certain playing criteria”, then this ends up being a fairly reasonable deal in my book.