Top 5 most expensive outgoing transfers in Major League Soccer
FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi is the latest Major League Soccer player to make headlines for a record-breaking move to a European side.
The talented youngster joined FC Augsburg for $ 20million, but he’s not the only one to have had a very expensive trade.
Here are the most expensive outgoing transfers in Major League Soccer history …
In the summer of 2008, Jozy Altidore made headlines with his transfer from the New York Red Bulls to Villarreal for a startling $ 10 million.
While his time in Spain was short-lived, making just 22 appearances for the Spanish team, Altidore continued to make an impact on European football. He recorded 70 Premier League games with Hull City and Sunderland before finding his rhythm with Eredivisie AZ Alkmaar side, where he scored 51 goals.
Altidore has since returned to MLS, joining Toronto FC in 2015. He scored 79 goals in all competitions with the Canadian team, winning the MLS Cup, an MLS Fan Shield and three Canadian championships.
Gonzalo Martinez sits in fourth place after being transferred to the Saudi side of Al-Nassr for a substantial $ 18 million in the summer of 2020.
The player first arrived at Atlanta United in his prime, arriving in Major League Soccer as reigning South American Player of the Year and River Plate star. He only managed to register seven goals and 11 assists in 39 appearances before being taken to a new club.
Ricardo Pepi makes the list after a surprise signing with FC Augsburg in a record transfer fee of $ 20million. Teams across Europe were interested in the youngster, with Wolfsburg and Wolves among those supposed to be in the lead before Augsburg rushed to close the deal.
The now former FC Dallas player made sure to break records and rewrite history with the details of his trade before pursuing his dreams in Europe. He broke the standard of the highest price paid for an American MLS player, a title Jozy Altidore previously held with his $ 10 million transfer to Villarreal.
In the winter of 2019, Alphonso Davies made history by signing with Bundesliga royalty Bayern Munich for $ 22 million ($ 13 million up front plus incentives).
The incentives differ from case to case, but they are a combination of personal performance and team performance. Since this season, he has made more than 100 appearances for Bayern.
Although no confirmation has been made whether all incentives have been hit, Davies has become Bayern Munich’s first choice left-back.
He was named to the Bundesliga and UEFA squads of the season.
Miguel Almiron holds the MLS record for the biggest transfer out of the league after signing with EPL Newcastle for $ 26million in the winter of 2019.
Almiron won the MLS Cup while at Atlanta United and recorded 21 goals and 28 assists in 62 regular season appearances before his departure. He was also voted MLS Best Newcomer in 2017.
The Paraguayan international has become an important player for Newcastle during his three years there so far.