The San Jose Earthquakes, quiet so far during the MLS summer transfer window, have traded fourth year forward Adam Jahn to the Columbus Crew in exchange for an undisclosed amount of Targeted Allocation Money. The deal opens up another spot on the 28-man active roster -- the Quakes have room to make three additions this summer -- and boosts their supply of TAM, a form of salary cap relief that can be used to sign designated players.
San Jose already features three DPs on the roster -- Matias Perez Garcia, Simon Dawkins, and Innocent Emeghara -- but one of those contracts could be bought down with TAM, and another DP signing could be made this season. The current window for new signings from outside MLS closes Wednesday, August 3, so any transactions would have to be completed in less than a week.
Jahn was drafted by the Earthquakes in the first round of the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. He appeared in 62 games for San Jose over three-plus seasons, scoring six goals and recording one assist. This season, his only goal came on April 2 in a substitute appearance against DC United in a 1-1 draw. The 25-year old Davis native has spent much of the season on loan with USL affiliate the Sacramento Republic FC.
"We want to thank Adam for his time with the Quakes," said general manager John Doyle in a club statement. "He is a true professional and we wish him the best of luck."
Jahn made nine starts over the first half of the 2015 season -- the first season since head coach Dominic Kinnear returned to San Jose -- but he has not started a game since. A tall forward with a bruising style of play, Jahn used his physical attributes to stay competitive as a target forward.
But his services have been limited this year, and he finishes his 2016 time with the Quakes with only 95 total minutes of play. Jahn played a career high 1059 minutes his rookie season, tallying four of his six career goals that year., and will look to rejuvenate his career when he arrives in Columbus.
"We are pleased to welcome Adam to Columbus Crew SC as he provides valuable striker depth for our club in the second half of the season," said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter in a club statement. "Adam has a strong physical presence, excellent work rate and is a threat inside the penalty box. We look forward to his arrival to Columbus and integrating him into the team."
Both the Earthquakes and Crew currently sit outside the playoff spots in their respective conferences. San Jose are eighth in the West, four points below the red line in the table, while Columbus are ninth in the East, seven points behind sixth place New England Revolution. The Crew were MLS Cup runners-up to champions Portland Timbers last season.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes trade F Adam Jahn to Columbus Crew SC in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money.