The U.S. National Team midfielder is joining the club as LAFC acquire Kellyn Acosta
LAFC acquire Kellyn Acosta, a midfielder for the United States National Team, from the Colorado Rapids. The transaction was just announced In exchange for $550,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2022 and $550,000 in GAM in 2023. Acosta played 21 matches in the 2021 calendar year, the most ever for a U.S. player since 1994.
Midfielder Kellyn Acosta, 26, is a former 2017 MLS All-Star who helped the Colorado Rapids win the Western Conference’s top spot in 2021 by starting 19 of 21 games. He scored one goal and added two assists in 1,718 minutes and was voted the 2021 Humanitarian of the Year for his team. If certain performance benchmarks are fulfilled, Colorado could get an extra $400,000 in GAM, as well as a percentage of a future transfer fee if Acosta is moved outside or within MLS.
After the news broke that LAFC acquire Kellyn Acosta, LAFC Co-President and General Manager John Thorrington stated, “We have always valued players who have international experience, versatility, physical capacity and he ticked all those boxes. We are really excited to have a player of his quality and caliber at a great age.”
In 2013, midfielder Kellyn Acosta made his debut at the age of 18 for FC Dallas after he had initially joined the Dallas Academy at the U-13 level at the age of 16. In 2016, Acosta established himself as a key player for the team and was on board with Dallas’ U.S. Open Cup and Supporters Shield victories. After being traded from FC Dallas in 2018, he joined the Rapids and made an immediate impression, scoring in his Colorado debut.
LAFC acquire Kellyn Acosta after appearing in a total of 196 MLS career regular season matches with both FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids over a span of 9 seasons. Acosta tallied 14,869 minutes and scored 16 regular season goals with 15 assists. Texas native and midfielder Kellyn Acosta has also made 45 appearances for the U.S. National Team.