Jamiro Monteiro has officially been traded to the San Jose Earthquakes after reports of the deal surfaced on Sunday.
The Union confirmed on Monday afternoon that the midfielder was being traded for $250,000 in General Allocation Money, a 2022 international roster spot, and conditional GAM money for 2023.
Monteiro had been with the Union for almost three years, having initially signed on loan in March of 2019, and the deal became official at the start of 2020. During his time at the Union, Monteiro helped the team to several playoff berths, an MLS is Back Cup Semi-final, a Supporters Shield, Eastern Conference Final, and a CONCACAF Champions League semi-final.
The Cape Verde international played a crucial role in Philadelphia's quick rise as one of the MLS's best teams. Monteiro played 75 times for the Union, scoring nine goals and getting 21 assists.
Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner was full of praise for Monteiro. He said: "We want to thank Jamiro for his time spent with the Philadelphia Union.
“He has helped reach many club milestones over the last three seasons, and we wish him all the best in this next phase of his career."
However, the comments that followed the praise painted the wider picture for how the Union intended to continue going forward.
"Depth in midfield is an area of strength for us, and this move not only opens more opportunities for our young, developing players but creates two open international slots we can use to continue building our roster.”
It appears that the likes of Leon Flach, Jack McGlynn, Paxten Aaronson and Quinn Sullivan will be getting more minutes over the course of the season. However, it also highlights that Tanner's transfer business is not done, as he looks to sign more players on the level of Mikael Uhre.