FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have acquired midfielder Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (pronounced iz-MAIL tah-JOUR-ee SHRAH-dee) from Los Angeles FC in exchange for $400,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM). LAFC would receive $200,000 in additional GAM if Tajouri-Shradi is re-signed for the 2024 season. The 28-year-old Libyan attacker will count as a domestic player on New England’s roster as he holds a U.S. green card.
“We welcome Ismael to the New England Revolution. He is an excellent attacking player who we competed against often in recent years,” Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “I believe his attacking qualities will complement our team and we look forward to his arrival here in Foxborough.”
Tajouri-Shradi owns 90 MLS appearances, including 49 starts, with 28 goals and nine assists over five MLS seasons, the first four of which came with New York City FC. The left-footed winger netted 26 goals for NYCFC from 2018-21, helping guide the Bronx Blues to four straight MLS Cup Playoff appearances. In 2021, Tajouri-Shradi tallied seven goals in 23 games and added one assist in the playoffs as he helped New York City win its first MLS Cup title.
Ahead of the 2022 season, Tajouri-Shradi was selected in the most recent MLS Expansion Draft by Charlotte FC before immediately being traded to Los Angeles FC. With LAFC, he tallied two goals in six substitute appearances for the current Supporters’ Shield leaders.
Prior to arriving to MLS in 2018, Tajouri-Shradi featured for FK Austria Wien and SC Rheindorf Altach of the Austrian Bundesliga. He was loaned to Rheindorf Altach in January 2014, where he made his senior professional debut, and made 62 appearances for the club over the next two seasons. Tajouri-Shradi returned to Austria Wien in 2016 and scored eight goals in 49 appearances before departing for MLS midway through the 2017-18 season.
Tajouri-Shradi, born in Switzerland to Libyan parents and raised in Austria, has been capped four times by the Libya National Team. All four of his international starts came in Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers in 2018.
The Revolution resume the 2022 MLS regular season on Saturday, August 6 at Orlando City SC. The 7:30 p.m. ET match airs locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV (Rhode Island), CoziTV (Western Mass.), 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio (Portuguese).
TRANSACTION: Revolution acquire attacking midfielder Ismael Tajouri-Shradi from Los Angeles FC in exchange for $400,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money on Aug. 4, 2022.