Just days after appearing as a substitute in New York City FC’s MLS Cup victory over the Portland Timbers, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi’s tenure with the Bronx Blues has come to an end. As part of the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft, the soon-to-be league debutants, Charlotte FC, selected Tajouri-Shradi as their fifth and final pick in the Draft. However, the Libyan winger will not be playing in the Queen City in 2022 as soon after his selection, Charlotte traded him to Los Angeles FC in exchange for $400,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).
Tajouri-Shradi joined NYCFC back in 2018, quickly becoming a key part of the team due to his pace, ability on the ball, and penchant for a spectacular left-footed strike. Though a valuable member of City’s attacking setup throughout his stint with the club, Tajorui-Shradi occasionally struggled with injury and often appeared off the bench late in games when the team needed a spark. Overall, the inverted right-winger appeared 84 times for the Boys in Blue, scoring 26 goals.
Tajouri-Shradi’s contributions will surely be missed by NYCFC fans. However, his departure frees up over $575,000 worth of cap space. In addition to the imminent departure of former DP Jesus Medina, this move gives NYCFC even more options going into the 2022 season.
Good luck, Isi! Your contributions will not be forgotten.