With 14 players dropped from the 2018 roster, the Vancouver Whitecaps will be busy adding new talents to join new coach Marc Dos Santos. One of their targets is former Seattle Sounders midfielder Andy Rose. Rose is currently with Motherwell FC in Scotland, but is out of contract this summer. The Whitecaps have sent the Sounders $50,000 in General Allocation Money in order to acquire Rose’s MLS rights, which was first reported by GlassCityFC on Twitter on Saturday and was later confirmed by Sounder at Heart. The move was officially announced by the teams on Monday, with Vancouver also announcing that they have signed Rose to a contract through 2020, with a club option for 2021.
“Andy is a first-class individual that was a valued member of our organization during his time in Seattle,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey in a team announcement. “We’re happy he is back in MLS and wish him the best of luck in Vancouver.”
Rose spent portions of the last four seasons with Coventry City in League One and Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League. He last played for Seattle in 2015. With the Sounders he was mostly a defensive midfielder, but in Scotland he’s moved into an attacking role more frequently. He’s scored six goals in 71 appearances in that time.
MLS had a half-day trade window on Dec. 9, with the MLS Expansion Draft on Dec. 11. Seattle will not participate in the Expansion Draft as they are exempt after losing Tyler Miller to Los Angeles FC in the last round of expansion.
General Allocation Money is used to reduce the salary budget impact of players signing new deals, signing extensions or towards loan/transfer fees. Unlike Targeted Allocation Money, GAM can be used on players at any contract level.