Houston Dynamo FC have signed Corey Baird from Los Angeles Football Club in exchange for $750,000 in General Allocation Money and an international slot for 2022. LAFC will receive the money in two parts, allocating $68,675 in 2021 and $681,325 in 2022.
Baird recorded three goals and two assists in 14 appearances with the California-based team after a trade with Real Salt Lake in January.
“We are thrilled to welcome Corey to the Houston Dynamo,” Dynamo senior vice president and general manager Matt Jordan said in a statement.
“He can play a variety of positions in the attacking third while adding important league and national team experience to our group. When you look at his age, character, and skillset, he is the type of player and person we want to be a part of our club moving forward.”
The 25-year old forward spent three seasons with Real Salt Lake before joining LAFC, signing a homegrown contract ahead of the 2018 season. He earned Rookie of the Year after spectacular efforts during his inaugural campaign. Baird went on to score 15 goals and 13 assists in 81 appearances over the course of three seasons.
“Corey is a versatile attacking player with a relentless work rate. He fits perfectly into the team we are continuing to build,” Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos said. “He will be a key piece as we continue to fight for a playoff spot down the stretch.”
Internationally, the forward has featured on four occasions with the U.S. men’s national team after debuting during a friendly against Panama in January 2019.
“We appreciate all of Corey’s efforts and contributions throughout his time here at LAFC,” LAFC co-president & general manager John Thorrington said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in Houston.”