GAM for TAM: Toronto FC and Sounders complete non-physical MLS trade

Dec 19 2017, 8:37 pm

Major League Soccer certainly has some interesting rules when it comes to rosters and the salary cap.

One of the more confusing MLS oddities are the various kinds and uses of Allocation Money. In addition to Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) there is General Allocation Money (GAM) as well.

On Tuesday Grant Wahl from Sports Illustrated took to Twitter to announce a trade between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders. Sounds simple enough, but what was actually very interesting is that the trade didn’t actually involve a physical entity.

Confused? So are we.

The resulting reaction on Twitter was predictable:

At least Wahl did his best to clarify the situation. I think this tweet pretty much clears it up:

So there you have it. GAM for TAM. That’s the trade.


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