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Patrick Seagrist traded to Miami for draft pick, allocation money

Rookie left back struggled with injury after early season appearances

MLS: FC Cincinnati at New York Red Bulls Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The overhaul continues in Harrison.

New York Red Bulls announced a trade with Inter Miami FC for the contract rights to defender Patrick Seagrist, recently put on waivers after having his contract option declined by New York. His now-former club receives the princely sum of one third-round 2021 MLS SuperDraft selection and the potential for $50,000 in General Allocation Money provided “performance-based incentives are met.

A Chicagoland native who played four years at Marquette University, Seagrist was drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Then-sporting chief Denis Hamlett traded up to select the left back “we knew we liked” who provided necessary depth at what is arguably the most labor-intensive role in the high pressing system. Expectations might not have been great, but the mere existence of any for a modern day SuperDraft pick whose acquisition required effort places greater demands on the recipient.

Seagrist experienced a difficult rookie year, ending with only three appearances, two of which occurred prior to the covid-19 pandemic. Any progress made during the 2020 season’s first two matches was overridden and reset by the season’s postponement and the demotion of Hamlett for new sporting chief Kevin Thelwell. Further compounding the rookie’s pursuit of stability and playing time was the arrival of French left back Jason Pendant as well as a groin injury requiring significant rehabilitation.

The end-of-season decision to decline his contract option was expected in the midst of a new coaching regime installed by Thelwell and a failure to impress during all too brief playing time. However, like the departure of Alex Muyl, Red Bulls fans will hope a trade generating at least some return for an exiting reserve player will be a sign of more to come following perennial complaints about lack of outgoing transfer income from the club’s fruitful youth development program.