Major League Soccer, meet free agency. Free agency, meet Major League Soccer.
While out-of-contract players joining new teams has happened in the past, that’s always been a case of availability based on release, or something other than free market movement.
Justin Mapp, 31, is now a member of Sporting KC despite Montreal wanting to retain him, a fact that would’ve kept him in Quebec in years past.
In case you forgot, here’s MLSSoccer.com:
MLS introduced free agency as part of the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement earlier this year. Players who are 28 or older and who have spent a minimum of eight years in the league are eligible for free agency if they’re out of contract or had their option declined. Mapp was out of contract with Montreal, who extended him a new offer before he chose to sign with SKC.
Drafted by Chicago in 2002, Mapp was dealt to DC United for Dema Kovalenko in 2003, and later moved to Philadelphia in a trade before being selected by Montreal in the 2011 Expansion Draft.
Mapp has worn an MLS jersey in 332 games, scoring 27 goals.