Northern Pitch is reporting that the Armada and Miami FC have agreed to a $750k fee for the transfer of midfielder Richie Ryan to Miami.
The news comes as a bit of a shock as Ryan was named the club captain and can largely be considered the best player in the Jacksonville side. Many in northeast Florida had expected the 31 year old to feature for the club in the coming years, given his salary and talent level. The reported price of $750 thousand was clearly high enough for the Armada to agree to the transfer, and it seems that Richie Ryan is taking the long trip down I-95 to his new club.
The move looks super weird at first, especially when you consider that Ryan is in the top tier of the club. But looking a little deeper, it’s easy to see why this deal was done. First off, holy crap that’s a lot of money. Second, holy crap that’s a lot of money. Ok, now that that’s done, holy crap that’s a lot of money.
The fee paid for Ryan is simply a deal that was impossible to turn down. It’s unknown whether or not the Armada paid a fee to bring Richie into the club, but there’s no doubt that this is a significant profit. The transfer fee will give the Armada a considerable amount of money to spend heading into the fall season, so hopefully Tony Meola can grab a quality player before kickoff of the second half.
The sale does open up an extra international spot as well. The Armada had one open spot before this. Now they have two.