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Sebastian Velasquez traded to NYCFC for allocation money

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Sebastian Velasquez and Real Salt Lake have split ways, with the young midfielder on his way to New York City FC for allocation money, according to ESPN700's Bill Riley and Salt Lake Tribune's Chris Kamrani.

Velasquez, who joined Real Salt Lake in 2012, departs the club having hardly played in 2014 — he played only 222 minutes, started one match, and entered as a substitute nine times.

Off-the-field problems, particularly a DUI arrest in May, hampered his playing time at the club this year.

Riley reported that the trade was for about $50,000 in allocation money, which is reportedly about what each team received for having a player picked in the 2014 Expansion Draft.

Velasquez rejoins Kreis at New York City FC as one of the most exciting players on the ball to have joined Real Salt Lake. He'll be known as much for his hairstyle and dribbling ability as anything.

The youngster will now look to get his career on track after a disappointing season at Real Salt Lake.