Former NYCFC defender Saad Abdul-Salaam is now a Seattle Sounder. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

New York City FC has traded the right of first refusal to defender Saad Abdul-Salaam in exchange for $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from Seattle Sounders FC, it was announced Tuesday.

Abdul-Salaam, 27, appeared in four matches for the City in 2018 after being acquired via trade from Sporting Kansas City for Khiry Shelton.

The Sounders signed Abdul-Salaam and waived defender Jordan McCrary.

“We are pleased to welcome Saad officially into the club, after he showed his diverse skillset during preseason camp,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “Saad has experience both at fullback and in central defense, and his athleticism will serve our team well across our backline. We are excited to see what he brings to the squad over the course of the season.”

NYCFC kicks off its fifth Major League Soccer season at Orlando City SC Saturday.