You’re honored as an MLS Cup champion at City Hall in the afternoon and several hours later you are a member of an expansion team.
And then you get traded to the Los Angeles FC in exchange for $400K in General Allocation Money.
That was the fate of New York City FC forward Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, who was taken by Charlotte FC in the 2021 MLS expansion draft on Tuesday night before he was dealt to LAFC.
Several hours before, Tajouri-Shradi was celebrating City’s first MLS championship.
Tajouri-Shradi, 27, was chosen by Charlotte with the fifth pick of the Expansion Draft from NYCFC before being sent to Los Angeles. The Libyan international won the MLS Cup on Sunday with New York, entering as a substitute in the 80th minute in the Final.
“Ismael is an explosive attacking player who is a proven winner in MLS and is a good fit to how we look to play,” LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington said. “We know from experience he is difficult to defend and brings great pedigree to our Club.”
A four-year MLS veteran, Tajouri-Shradi made 84 regular season appearances for NYCFC, including 49 starts and tallying 4,385 minutes. He has scored 26 regular season goals and registered five assists. He had 11 goals in his debut MLS season for New York in 2018.
Tajouri-Shradi finished last season with seven goals and one assist over 14 starts, 23 matches and 1,234 minutes.
The forward came on as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s MLS Cup final, which was won by City. The visitors recorded a 4-2 shootout win over the Portland Timbers after playing to a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.