The Seattle Sounders have traded Waylon Francis to the Columbus Crew for $50,000 in General Allocation Money, the teams announced on Tuesday. Francis will return to the team that Seattle had acquired him from just a year ago for the same price they paid.
“We are pleased to welcome Waylon back to the Club,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “In Waylon, we gain a talented, MLS veteran who adds strong versatility and who knows what it takes to compete in this League as well as at the National Team level. His familiarity with the organization will be beneficial as we re-incorporate him back into this roster and we look forward to his contributions as we prepare for the upcoming season.”
Francis didn’t necessarily light up the world during his time in Seattle. The Costa Rican International started five games for the Sounders, making 11 total regular-season appearances during his time in Seattle. Francis was acquired via traded last offseason, when Seattle traded $50,000 in General Allocation Money to the Columbus Crew last offseason.
With Brad Smith returning for (at least) the first part of the season and Nouhou also not leaving, the Sounders obviously felt that Francis was surplus to goods. Francis had also made it known that he was unhappy with his place on the depth chart, and had even pursued a move back to his native Costa Rica that never came to fruition.
With the Crew, Francis likely has a decent chance at getting more minutes, especially after Milton Valenzuela suffered a serious knee injury. Francis previously spent four years with the Crew, making 83 appearances and enjoying two of his best seasons as a professional.
The Sounders will effectively gain about $250,000 in salary cap space — once the GAM is added to his salary that was likely in the $200,000 range — and a senior roster spot.