Major League Soccer

Inter Miami trade Christian Makoun to Charlotte FC for No. 1 Allocation Ranking spot

Lizzy Becherano
Inter Miami CF trade Christian Makoun to Charlotte FC
Inter Miami CF trade Christian Makoun to Charlotte FC / Shaun Clark/GettyImages

Charlotte FC have signed defender Christian Makoun from Inter Miami CF in exchange for the Number 1 Allocation Ranking spot, the clubs announced Monday.  

The league’s newest expansion team will also receive Inter Miami’s number nine spot on the Allocation Ranking list. Inter Miami is set to retain a percentage of a future transfer of Makoun.

As for the Venezuelan international, he holds his US Green Card and will count as a domestic player on Charlotte’s inaugural 2022 roster.

“We’re very excited to welcome a player of Christian’s quality and potential to Charlotte FC and continue building the spine of our team. He started over 20 games in MLS last season which adds even more league experience to our backline," Charlotte sporting director Zoran Krneta said.

“It is difficult to find players like Christian who are left-footed and possess all the qualities we are looking for in our central defenders. He is someone who can help us win now but is also a young player with a bright future at our club.”

Makoun is coming off a breakout season with Miami, where he scored twice in 26 appearances. He’s also been named to Venezuela’s senior squad for multiple CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers this cycle.

Makoun joined Inter Miami in August 2019 from Zamora FC as the club’s third-ever signing.

“This transaction helps us position the club in a positive way ahead of potentially exciting moves that will strengthen the roster,” Miami chief soccer officer and sporting director Chris Henderson explained. “We would like to thank Christian for his services in these past two years and wish him the best in the future.”

The Allocation Order used for this trade determines which Major League Soccer club has first priority to acquire a player listed on the Allocation Ranking List. The document consists of select US men’s national team players, select youth US national team players, and former MLS players returning to the league after joining a non-MLS club for a transfer fee of $500,000 or more.

Expansion teams always receive the Number 1 Allocation Ranking, with the rest of the ranking set by reverse order of the previous season’s overall table.