January 27, 2022

LAFC acquires midfielder Kellyn Acosta from Colorado

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Another significant piece in Los Angeles Football Club’s revamped midfield was revealed Friday.

U.S. national team midfielder Kellyn Acosta has been acquired from the Colorado Rapids for $1.5 million in general allocation money, pending the 26-year-old Texan hitting certain performance thresholds.

LAFC exchanged $550,000 in 2022, $550,000 in 2023 and $400,000 more if Acosta delivers on the field, as well as a percentage of a future transfer fee, for a proven, steady hand in Major League Soccer and at the international level.

Acosta was instrumental in the Rapids’ Western Conference title in 2021, and his 21 appearances in a calendar year for the U.S. men topped Landon Donovan’s 2002 campaign.

He shared his excitement for the new chapter in his career on social media.

Comfortable in holding and box-to-box rules, Acosta was on the field in all three of the U.S. men’s victories over Mexico in 2021. The only American to start and play every minute of the Nations League and Gold Cup championship-clinching matches, Acosta hit the cross to Miles Robinson that put the U.S. ahead in the 117th minute of a scoreless battle in the Gold Cup final.

“Kellyn is a player that has all the attributes necessary to play how we want in the midfield,” LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said in a release. “He provides versatility and ability to help our team immediately. He is in his prime, a fixture in our national team, and offers the MLS experience we sought in the off-season.”

The transaction is the second intraconference move between LAFC and Colorado in the past six months. Last July, LAFC traded Canadian international midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to the Rapids for $1 million in general allocation money.

Acosta debuted for FC Dallas as an 18-year-old homegrown player in 2013. Three years later, he was a U.S. Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield champion.

In 2018, Dallas traded Acosta to the Rapids.

All told, he started 166 of his 196 MLS matches, scoring 16 goals and adding 20 assists.

Acosta’s current contract includes club options for 2022 and 2023, leaving open the possibility that he will be a free agent prior to the 2024 MLS season. He earned $1 million in base salary in 2021.

In a tweet, Acosta pushed back on the notion that he and the Rapids failed to come to terms after discussing a contract extension, or that a potential transfer to Europe had not materialized.

“This narrative is sad,” he wrote. “(Colorado) pushed me out. They had an offer for me on the table from abroad and ongoing interests and opted to trade me.”


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