Nothing was quite as surprising about Lloyd Sam's career at the New York Red Bulls as the end of it. Big Apple Soccer's timely rumor - revealing the player was being shopped around by RBNY - cushioned the blow, but the cold truth of his departure still felt abrupt and unexpected.
Sam has been nothing short of a legend for the Red Bulls. His achievements - two Supporters' Shields, 24 goals and 26 assists in all competitions, a Lady Gaga jacket - put him in the elite tier of players for this club. He will not be forgotten. He is already missed by fans...
I see the logic in it, but it doesn't feel good at all. He's one of the good guys. #RBNY— Euro 2016 Enjoyer (@RegardedAnalyst) July 8, 2016
...and his (former) teammates.
Felipe Martins (@FeliMartins8) July 8, 2016
Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) July 7, 2016
Connor Lade (@clade5) July 7, 2016
Best of luck to a teammate for the past months. Been great learning from you on and off the pitch. Best of luck in DC mate @MrLloydSam!— Tyler Adams (@tyler_adams14) July 8, 2016
Justin Bilyeu (@Justin_Bilyeu) July 8, 2016
Gonna miss having @MrLloydSam around the lockerroom. DC is getting a great guy/player, all the best bro— Ryan Meara (@Rmeara18) July 8, 2016
All the best for you @MrLloydSam . A new chapter in your career . A pleasure to share these 2 years with you . Good luck— Damien Perrinelle (@DamP_92) July 8, 2016
The die has been cast. Sam is on his way to a new team. D.C. United is not a side it will be a thrill to watch him play for, but the man didn't choose this move and has sensibly chosen to make the best of it.
Excited to meet my new teammates and a fresh new start!! #dcunited— Lloyd sam (@MrLloydSam) July 7, 2016
Just had a great conversation with Ben Olsen my new head coach.. Fills me with great confidence to hear his enthusiasm to come and get me..— Lloyd sam (@MrLloydSam) July 7, 2016
Good luck, Lloyd.
No, really - good luck. You're going to need it. DCU can't even get "hello" right.
Welcome to DC, um, Llyod. Look forward to seeing you at RKF. pic.twitter.com/mGFM6w2s9U— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) July 7, 2016
If nothing else, Lloyd, maybe you can help them improve their spelling while you're there.