Today LAFC announced they have acquired American striker Corey Baird in a trade from Real Salt Lake in exchange for $500,000 dollars of general allocation money. According to reports from mlssoccer.com, the money will be spread out across 2021 and 2022. Corey signed a Homegrown contract in 2018 going on to become the Rookie of The Year. In his three seasons spent with the claret and cobalt, he would have 15 goals ,13 assists in 81 appearances.
The trade is advantageous for both Real Salt Lake and LAFC. For Real Salt Lake they had too many strikers and that money they’ve received can be used in signing players in positions that need to be strengthened elsewhere.
For LAFC, acquiring Corey provides a solution to the club’s long-term needs as they are in need of strikers. Bradley Wright Phillips signed with the Columbus Crew as a free agent this offseason. Both Uruguayan strikers Brian Rodriguez and Diego Rossi have been consistently linked to transfer rumors signing with a club in Europe. They remain under contract with LAFC but, its only a matter of when not if a club gives a transfer offer that LAFC can’t ignore.
It’s a step forward for Corey Baird in his career as a professional soccer player. By joining LAFC, he now plays for a team that is one of the top performing club’s in the Western Conference as well joining a team that can develop his skills and talent even further.