Episode 27 – TAM: Targeted Allocation Money

The New England Revolution recently traded their best player, Lee Nguyen, to LAFC for 700k in Targeted Allocation Money. Which prompted us to ask, WTF does that even mean?
Lee Nguyen’s production — 54 goals and 56 assists in 211 league and cup appearances — is among the best in MLS. Nguyen’s combined goals and assists rank fifth league-wide, with only the New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips, Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco, the Portland Timbers’ Diego Valeri and New York City FC’s David Villa ranking higher.
So why did the Revs trade all of that away for fake money dollars? 
We cannot seem to stay away from MLS’s funny money rules, so we thought this would be a good time to dive deeper into what TAM is, how it works within the MLS’s structure and try to make sense as to why a Club would trade away its best player, a constant goal and assist threat for your club, and an MVP finalist a few years back for fake money that doesn’t help them in the short run.
We discussed all of this and more

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