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D.C. United

D.C. United make first offseason trade, getting allocation money from Orlando City SC

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D.C. United starts the offseason by trading an international roster spot for allocation money.

The first trade window of the new season has opened, and D.C. United jumped right into it, according to people in Orlando. For the 2014 season, the team had 6 open international roster spots, having traded two to the Montreal Impact.

7 days till D.C. United - What kind of year will it be for Eddie Johnson?

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D.C. United kick off their 2014 season one week from today. We honor the occasion with a look at the new guy in #7, the Grown Ass Man, Eddie Johnson.

His acquisition for some large amount of allocation money is, without question, the biggest of D.C. United's offseason. For all the areas where the Black-and-Red were bad in 2013 - and that really does include all of them - scoring goals (in the other team's net) was probably where they were in the worst way.

Escobarred: Reds open Transfer Window by sending Silva to D.C. for da moneyz

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Like Scrooge on Christmas, Kevin Payne flung open the Transfer Window this morning and sent a young boy on his way. Rather than send the youngster for the biggest goose however, Payne sent young Luis Silva packing for the other nation's capital and D.C. United.

What, you ask is a 4th Overall pick worth in 2013's fragile global economic landscape?

D.C. United acquires midfielder Luis Silva from Toronto FC for allocation

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It's been a busy, and surprisingly productive, morning at RFK Stadium. Almost immediately on the heels of announcing the sale of very recently-acquired fullback/midfielder Alain Rochat to a Swiss club, D.C. United has acquired attacking midfielder Luis Silva from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money.

United acquires Brandon McDonald from San Jose

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D.C. United acquired rugged defender/midfielder Brandon McDonald from the San Jose Earthquakes today in exchange for allocation money. The 25-year old was originally drafted in 2008 by the Los Angeles Galaxy and played 16 games for them before getting picked ...

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Player Salaries Released

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The MLS Players Union has released the first set of salaries for the 2014 season. As always these are probably a good base, but these probably are not the 100% number for many of the players. You have to remember that some salaries get paid down with allocation money, or retention funds (which KC used last year on both Matt Besler and Graham Zusi).

Revs land Bunbury from Sporting KC for 1st-round pick and allocation

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The New England Revolution needed a big forward to help spearhead their attack. Sporting Kansas City had a surplus of forwards and a need for some allocation money.

The result is a trade sending Teal Bunbury from Sporting KC to the Revs in exchange for a first-round pick in 2015 and allocation money.

Portland Timbers trade Sal Zizzo to Sporting Kansas City for allocation money

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To finish out a busy week of Timbers news relating to player movement and All-Star Game preparations, Portland announced one final move for the week involving midfielder Sal Zizzo. Zizzo, who has been with the Timbers since 2011 but was out of contract after the 2013 season, was traded to Sporting Kansas City for allocation money.

Breaking news: Feilhaber Dealt to KC

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The New England Revolution traded midfielder Benny Feilhaber to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money and a pair of drafts picks on Tuesday.

Feilhaber, who had his contract option declined last month, is headed to the Eastern Conference powerhouse after two seasons in New England.

Major League Soccer

Sources: Berry traded to Philadelphia

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The 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year is on the move. Sources tell Fire Confidential that Austin Berry has been traded to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money. The trade announcement will be made pending league approval. The move presumably adds budget space which would enable the Fire to increase Mike Magee's salary over the next two years of his contract.

Revs Acquire Fourth Pick for Parkhurst

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The New England Revolution traded the rights to Michael Parkhurst for the fourth overall 2014 SuperDraft Pick and allocation money from the Columbus Crew.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Former New England Revolution star and Rhode Island native Michael Parkhurst is heading back to MLS, but it won't be with his hometown club after the Revolution traded his rights to the Columbus Crew in exchange for the fourth overall 2014 MLS SuperDraft Pick and allocation money.

Revs acquire Agudelo

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The New England Revolution acquire forward Juan Agudelo from Chivas USA on Tuesday in exchange for allocation money. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

The New England Revolution acquired striker Juan Agudelo in a trade with Chivas USA on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was acquired in exchange for allocation money.

Timbers Tid Bits: Year In Review Edition

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As we experience a lull in the off season roster moves, some of today's links take a look back at the big MLS and US National Team stories from 2012.

Rapids acquire allocation money, Sturgis in exchange for Cummings
The Colorado Rapids sent forward Omar Cummings to Houston in exchange for midfielder Nathan Sturgis.

Allocation Money

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The list of players traded in the past six months for Allocation Money should give you a bit of a sense of how much it can be worth: Alvaro Fernandez, Jamison Olave & Fabian Espindola, Ryan Johnson and lately maybe even Omar Cummings.

This Allocation Money can do magical things.

Allocation money does not count against a club’s salary budget and can be used:

  • To sign players new to MLS (that is, a player who did not play in MLS during the previous season).

Salary Cap Realities Harsh For Seattle Sounders

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It was only a third of the way into the press conference, but the most poignant statement of Sigi Schmid's was his answer to the question "Do you want Fredy Montero back?" Sigi's response was simple. "I want all my players back." Of course that was after 21 minutes of he and Adrian Hanauer explaining how that will not be possible.

Trades That Impacted The 2012 Season

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Alvaro Fernandez has been a huge boost for the Fire. (Getty Images)

Every season I always made bold predictions and in those predictions I always have one that is pretty common from season to season. I always claim that a trade will reshape a season or at least allow one or two teams to get ahead.

Le Toux traded to Red Bulls

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Sebastien Le Toux is a Red Bull. How does Union Nation feel about it?

The great allocation money chase

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Allocation money jokes rarely get old in Philadelphia.

Among the things Philadelphia Union have traded for allocation money, according to Union fans, are hotel rooms at Harrah's, human souls, and perhaps even the MLS Cup. There's this gem: "The Union is proud to report that the Harrisburg City Islanders have been traded to Sporting KC for allocation money.

The Starting 11

THE STARTING 11: Ways that Ryan Nelsen plans to "frighten" opponents

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The Diego Forlan announcement.. IN 3D!!!
After his predecessor rolled out such tender chewy sound bites as "the best finisher in the modern era" and "like a son that needs a slap", you'd think that TFC manager Ryan Nelsen may choose his words more carefully. But alas, the increasingly agitated Kiwi let fly last week that once TFC got rid of those pesky salary cap issues (that apparently no other MLS club has ever encountered) there would be "a few frightened teams" in MLS.

THE STARTING 11: Other Toronto FC uses for Allocation Money

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Meanwhile... deep below BMO Field...
It's the latest gag sensation at Toronto FC - not that they really needed new ones - Kevin Payne and his Scrooge McDuck lovin' for some good old American Cheddar aka Allocation Money. The image of a tiny Kevin sitting atop an ever growing cartoon pile of gold coins is a delicious one while the term "Allocation" has now become part of your average TFC fan's daily parlance.

Philadelphia Union

OFFICIAL: Gabriel Farfan Traded To Chivas USA

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In what was a shocking move to most, based on immediate reaction on social media sites, the Philadelphia Union sent Gabriel Farfan to Chivas USA in a deal that netted a potentially high draft pick in 2014 and some cash.

The Union will receive Chivas USA's natural first round selection in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

Jeff Parke Traded To Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia based report has Seattle Sounders sending Parke to the Union in a trade. Details are still to come.

While the details are not yet known, Jonathan Tannenwald is reporting that the Philadelphia Union acquired Jeff Parke in a trade with the Seattle Sounders.

The Union have acquired Abington, Pa.

Report: Jeff Parke Traded To Philadelphia Union

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While the details are not yet known, Jonathan Tannenwald is reporting that the Philadelphia Union acquired Jeff Parke in a trade with the Seattle Sounders.

The Union have acquired Abington, Pa., native and Drexel University product Jeff Parke via a trade with the Seattle Sounders, multiple sources confirmed Friday morning.

Mwan-gone: Schizophrenic Thoughts

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As I'm often inclined to say as an employee of both the public school system and a particularly rowdy shore bar... it's never boring. If you like high drama, this year's Union is the MLS team for you. The average fan wouldn't have thought that Le2-gate and its attendant fallout was only the beginning of a long and crazy journey.

Freed Keon! Everybody’s happy! More news.

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What a difference a week makes. The headline for last Tuesday's news roundup? "Saddest day for me:" Sebastien Le Toux confirmed he had been traded to Vancouver a day after Faryd Mondragon's return to Colombia was confirmed and WPS announced that it had cancelled the 2012 season.


Portland Timbers Acquire Ben Zemanski from Chivas USA

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The Portland Timbers' roster makeover continued today when they acquired Ben Zemanski through a trade with Chivas USA. Portland sent allocation money and the rights to Jonathon Bornstein to Chivas for Zemanski. Zemanski plays in the midfield and played at Akron University under the Caleb Porter.

Merritt Paulson tweeted after the trade was announced that conspiracy theorists should not read too much into today's trade:


Timbers Acquire Allocation Money from Real Salt Lake for Robbie Findley's Rights

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No big surprise here, but the Portland Timbers came out and confirmed that they had traded the rights for Robbie Findley to Real Salt Lake in exchange for an unknown amount of allocation money. Reports surfaced earlier in the week, however, that the amount of money exchanged between the Timbers and Salt Lake was to the tune of $75,000.

Team News

Portland Timbers trade Eric Alexander to New York Red Bulls, Paulson hints at more player moves to come

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The Portland Timbers returned to Portland after 10 days of training in Arizona to prepare for their pre-season tournament next week. While players resume the search to find roles within the team's depth chart, the Timbers are also exploring other options to solidify their group. To that end, midfielder Eric Alexander was traded to New York for allocation money in what Merritt Paulson indicated on Twitter to be a potentially busy week for player news.

Portland completes Robbie Findley trade on eve of MLS Super Draft, while Thorns FC learn draft position

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The Portland Timbers announced a trade today with Real Salt Lake on the eve of the 2013 MLS Super Draft, while the Portland Thorns FC learned their position amongst the eight clubs participating in the first ever NWSL College Draft on Friday, January 18. Considering how busy the Timbers have been with trades and other moves, soccer fans should expect plenty of movement.

New York Red Bulls

Red Bulls deal Cooper to FC Dallas for allocation money

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The New York Red Bulls have spent much of the off-season trying to trade Kenny Cooper, but finding a team with both the salary cap space to fit Cooper's significant 2013 salary, and the allocation money to give the Red Bulls.

FC Dallas became just such a team after their sale of Brek Shea, and on Monday the team that had Cooper before will have him once again after securing a trade for the big striker.

Confirmed: Kimura to New York for Allocation Money and Home Grown Prospect

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Portland traded for Kimura with allocation money and today just sent him to the New York Red Bulls for Allocation money and Bryan Gallego. Gallego is a New York Academy player who currently is a sophomore at Akron University. Once again the amount of allocation money was not disclosed.

Here is what the New York Red bulls website said about Bryan:

Bryan Gallego is the U18 captain and has been with the Red Bulls Academy since 2007.

Agudelo traded to Chivas USA for Pearce, allocation money

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New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo has been traded to Chivas USA for defender Heath Pearce, allocation money, and other considerations, Fox Soccer reported on Thursday.

The Red Bulls will receive what sources told Fox Soccer is a "significant amount of allocation money" as well as having Chivas USA pay a portion of Pearce's salary.

The Rest

Live SuperDraft results

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Rapids trade down from the 11 pick to the 12 pick with the Revs and get the #19 pick, last in the 1st round, as well (and rumored some allocation money).

With the 12th pick they take midfielder Marlon Hairston out of Lousiville. He's a Generation Adidas player so he does not count against the cap and will automatically be protected in next off-season's expansion draft.

Sounders still on the move looking for Allocation Money, new players

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Draft day saw the Seattle Sounders pick a player who could see significant time at centerback in 2013 and was in the top four on their team draft board, but it cost them Allocation Money. Considering how tight the team is to the cap does that mean that they are done searching for new talent? The answer given in Thursday's conference call with local reporters was a long version of "No" surrounded by a lot of answers about Eriq Zavaleta and Dylan Remick and finding new players.

Revs Take Farrell with First Pick

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There's no debating that the New England Revolution got their man on Thursday.

After nabbing the first overall pick from Toronto for the fourth spot and allocation money, the Revolution selected Louisville defender and Generation adidas prospect Andrew Farrell.

Farrell scored four goals and collected one assist in 21 games for Louisville in 2012.

Colombian Report: Montero loan to Millonarios complete

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The most recent report of out Colombia is that Fredy Montero is still a Seattle Sounders player, but will be loaned to Millonarios for 2013 with an option to buy. The report claims that Montero will join Millos on January 10th to train for the league season and the Copa Libertadores.

Sounders FC have yet to make an official statement on the long rumored deal.

Cummings-Sturgis Trade Follow-Up

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Now that I'm back from my holiday travels time to get into this trade that happened at the oddest time I can remember, Sunday morning two days before Christmas. The Rapids gave up the other half of the C+C Goal Factory, Omar Cummings, in return for allocation money and Nathan Sturgis.

My first instinct is much like the Kimura trade from last year (oddly, Cummings and Kimura were roommates and were considered the Odd Couple of the team).

Allocation money is… what?

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The Philadelphia Union have been very good defensively. But their success has masked a real lack of proven depth on the back line. Both Farfan brothers and Keon Daniel have deputized on the outside while Sheanon Williams had to slide into the middle when Califf couldn't go in Portland.

The depth issue is why reaction to the Jordan Harvey trade has been a strange mix of "whatev," "how could they," and "he wasn't great but he was a real left back.