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2014 MLS Allocation Order – as of July 29

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We got another 2014 MLS Allocation Order update to pass along. Today,D.C. United has announced that the team has acquired defender Kofi Opare from the Los Angeles Galaxy, and in exchange the two teams will trade allocation rankings.

Here is the new order:

  1. Columbus Crew
  2. FC Dallas
  3. LA Galaxy (swap with DCU on July 29)
  4. Vancouver Whitecaps
  5. Chicago Fire
  6. Montreal Impact
  7. San Jose Earthquakes
  8. New England Revolution
  9. Colorado Rapids
  10. Chivas USA (swap with Seattle Sounders on Dec 11)
  11. DC United (swap with LAon July 29)
  12. New York Red Bulls
  13. Toronto FC
  14. Portland Timbers
  15. Real Salt Lake
  16. Sporting KC
  17. Philadelphia Union (Maurice Edu)
  18. Seattle Sounders FC (Marco Pappa)
  19. Houston Dynamo (DeMarcus Beasley)

2014 MLS Allocation Order – As of July 23

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The first big deal of the summer transfer window has been made. Houston traded up to get the top allocation spot from Toronto. Midfielder Warren Creavelle was sent in return for that top spot. Houston is looking to sign DeMarcus Beasley with that top spot.

Again, here are the rules regarding the Allocation Order:

The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.

MLS Draft Results: Union Trade Up To Get Blake

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Andre Blake went first in the 2014 draft. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

To call the 2014 MLS SuperDraft a wild affair may be putting it lightly. Many deals were made as teams moved around feverishly in the first round to get players that they wanted.

The first big move started at the top as the Philadelphia Union traded up from number two to number one to snag goalkeeper Andre Blake.

MLS Draft Results: Union Trade Up To Get Blake

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To call the 2014 MLS SuperDraft a wild affair may be putting it lightly. Many deals were made as teams moved around feverishly in the first round to get players that they wanted.

The first big move started at the top as the Philadelphia Union traded up from number two to number one to snag goalkeeper Andre Blake.

United and Union Swap Defenders and Allocation Spots

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It was reported earlier in the day by a few on Twitter but now it is official.D.C. United has traded homegrown defender Ethan White and the top spot in the allocation ranking to the Philadelphia Union for defender Jeff Parke and the number six spot in the allocation ranking.

United gets a veteran defender to go with Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin while the Union make a play to move up the Allocation order for a shot at landing Maurice Edu.

United and Union Swap Defenders and Allocation Spots

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It was reported earlier in the day by a few on Twitter but now it is official.D.C. United has traded homegrown defender Ethan White and the top spot in the allocation ranking to the Philadelphia Union for defender Jeff Parke and the number six spot in the allocation ranking.

United gets a veteran defender to go with Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin while the Union make a play to move up the Allocation order for a shot at landing Maurice Edu.

New England Trades Up, Again

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Michael Parkhurst returns to MLS. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

For the second year in a row, Jay Heaps and the New England Revolution have traded up in the MLS SuperDraft. Last year it was all the way to the top pick to land Andrew Farrell. This year, the Revs hope to snag someone at the number four spot as they've made a deal with the Columbus Crew.

New England Trades Up, Again

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Michael Parkhurst returns to MLS. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

For the second year in a row, Jay Heaps and the New England Revolution have traded up in the MLS SuperDraft. Last year it was all the way to the top pick to land Andrew Farrell. This year, the Revs hope to snag someone at the number four spot as they've made a deal with the Columbus Crew.

The MLS Offseason So Far

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Jason Kreis made headlines already this offseason by taking the NYCFC job. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

This offseason has been a tad crazy already. From trades, retirements, coaching changes and drafts, this offseason isn't even a month old and we're already gearing up for a fun few weeks here with the holidays.

Portland Acquires Urruti From Toronto

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The Portland Timbers have acquired Argentine forward Maximiliano Urruti and an international roster slot from Toronto FC in exchange for forward Bright Dike, a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money, it was announced today.

Toronto FC will receive the Timbers' lowest first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, should the Timbers acquire a second first-round pick in that draft.

LA Acquires Veteran Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni

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So this is a trade that came out of nowhere. It was worked out on Friday but announced on Monday.

The Colorado Rapids have acquired a 2014 second round MLS SuperDraft pick and an international roster spot through the 2014 season from the LA Galaxy in a tradeon Friday, with veteran midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and the MLS rights to midfielder Baggio Husidic joining the Galaxy in exchange.

Sporting KC Trades Bobby Convey To Toronto FC

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Sporting Kansas City traded forward Bobby Convey to Toronto FCon Thursdayin exchange for Toronto FC's natural third round pick in next year's MLS SuperDraft (in other words the first pick from Toronto in the Supplemental Draft).

Yep. Convey re-joins Kevin Payne and former teammate (now head coach) Ryan Nelsen.

Chivas Snags A Farfan Twin From Philly

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WellJose Luis Sanchez Solá, or El Chelis at least got one of his guys. Tuesday afternoon Chivas USA announced the trade of Gabriel Farfran from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money and a first round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Yeah. Money and a pick for arguably the lesser of the two Farfan twins.

Juan Agudelo Traded To New England

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Juan Agudelo is joining New England. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

You read that correctly. Chivas USA has traded forward Juan Agudelo to the New England Revolution on Tuesday in exchange for allocation money.

He made20 starts in 26 appearances for the Rebaño Angelino, recording five goals and four assists.

Danny Mwanga Traded To Colorado

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Danny Mwanga is on the move yet again.

The former number one overall draft pick in 2010 is headed to his third MLS club.The Portland Timbers have acquired a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Mwanga.

The move opens the door for the Timbers to sign another striker too while it gives the Rapids some insurance while Edson Buddle is recovering from some knee issues.

Report: Shalrie Joseph Traded To Seattle

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Call it a change of heart. Just when you thought the Seattle Sounders weren't interested in midfielder Shalrie Joseph, they changed their minds.

Reports now say that Seattle has traded for the veteran midfielder from Chivas USA for asecond-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

No word yet on how much Seattle is actually going to be paying Joseph this season.

More Goat Trades: Chivas USA Send James Riley To DC

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Another bites the dust....or something like that. I suppose it depends on how you look at this.

D.C. United today announced that the club has acquired defender James Riley from Chivas USA in exchange for a 2015 second round Supplemental Draft pick.

That makes two former Chivas USA players now with D.

Portland Picks Up Another Former Akron Player

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Just like the team they traded with is wanting to pick up as many Mexican-Americans as possible, the Portland Timbers appear to be snagging as many former Akron Zips as they can.

The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has acquired midfielder Ben Zemanski from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money and the right of first refusal to defender Jonathan Bornstein.

Eric Hassli Sent To FC Dallas

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Eric Hassli could be going to Dallas ver soon . (Getty Images)

I've sat on this story all weekend, I blame the SuperBowl for that.

Late Friday afternoon FC Dallas tweeted out that they were interested in trading for forward and Designated Player Eric Hassli from Toronto FC. Yeah, the club actually tweeted out that they were in talks with another club about a specific player.

More on the Oduro-Duke Swap

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Dilly Duka is now joining the Fire. (Getty Images)

This has been a trade in the works for weeks now. Back at the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew were expected to make a deal but never seemed to work out all of the details. That is until now, though it isn't official yet, it appears that both sides have come to an agreement.

Gringo Fire Sale Continues: Chivas Ship Townsend To DC

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The fire sale at Chivas USA continues. We've heard for weeks how the club wanted to become more Mexican-American with their roster and today's most recent trade sure gives way that a big sale is on-going in LA.

Chivas has traded second year forward Casey Townsend to D.C. United for just a second round pick in next year's SuperDraft.

Portland Moves Back Into SuperDraft

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The Portland Timbers have acquired a second-round pick (No. 34 overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for forward Mike Fucito, it was announced today.

The Earthquakes now have the right of first refusal to Fucito and may negotiate a contract.

Fucito joined the Timbers via trade from the Montreal Impact on April 20, 2012, and appeared in 12 games (3 starts) for Portland during the 2012 MLS regular season.

New England Snags Top Pick

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Trades are coming in left and right and this one is a biggie.

The New England Revolution has acquired the number one overall pick in tomorrow's 2013 MLS SuperDraft following a trade with Toronto FC, which held the top spot. The Revs sent the fourth overall selection and allocation money to Toronto in exchange for the top pick in tomorrow's draft.

Dynamo Snag Omar Cummings In A Deal With Colorado

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Omar Cummings is headed to Houston.(Getty Images)

Weird timing on this trade announcement. Just before Christmas on Sunday morning, the Houston Dynamo announced that they have sent allocation money and midfielder Nathan Sturgis to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for forward Omar Cummings.

Sporting KC Trades For Ike Opara

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First Sporting KC trades for Benny Feilhaber, then re-signes Defender of the Year Matt Besler and now they have traded for a young defensive prospect to add to their depth.

Sporting Kansas City acquired defender Ike Opara from the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday in exchange for Sporting KC's natural second round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

Portland Continues To Wheel and Deal

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Ryan Johnson is headed back to Oregon. (Getty Images)

The deals keep coming out of the Rose City today. The Portland Timbers have struck two deals today, one with Chivas USA and a second with Toronto FC.

Let's begin with the swap with Toronto. It involves some players and picks.

The Portland Timbers has acquired forward and Jamaican international Ryan Johnson and goalkeeper Milos Kocic from Toronto FC in exchange for goalkeeper Joe Bendik, Portland's highest first-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft and allocation money.

Sporting KC Acquires Benny Feilhaber

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Benny Feilhaber (right) didn't let too many teams push him around. (Getty Images)

Trade season is back on.Sporting Kansas City acquired midfielder Benny Feilhaber from the New England Revolution on Tuesday in exchange for allocation money, Sporting KC's natural first round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, and natural second round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

New York and Philadelphia Do A Sign-and-Trade For Le Toux

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Sebastien Le Toux will be back in the Union colors in 2013. (Getty Images)

Stealing a small page out of the NBA's playbook, two MLS teams have reportedly done a sign-and-trade deal today.

Ives Galercep is reporting that the New York Red Bulls re-signed forward Sebastien Le Toux earlier today and have now completed a trade with the Philadelphia Union for him.

Eric Brunner Sent To Houston

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And another Portland Timber's trade for the day. This is fun right?

The Houston Dynamo have acquired defender Eric Brunner from the Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money.

Brunner, 26, has appeared in 84 games in six seasons in Major League Soccer. Hemade 13 appearances (10 starts) for the Timbers in 2012 and scored one goal.

Justin Braun Sent To Toronto

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One more Real Salt Lake move to give out.

Real Salt Lake has traded forward Justin Braunto Toronto FC in exchange for 22-year-old defenderAaron Maund.

Braun joined Salt Lake earlier this summer when he was traded from Montreal.He didn't have a goal or an assist for RSL in MLS play.

Timbers Deal Kimura And Land A Home Grown

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Boy this deal got a lot more interesting.

The Portland Timbers today have acquired allocation money and the MLS Homegrown rights for defender Bryan Gallego from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for defender Kosuke Kimura and Portland's natural second-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

MLS Trades: Offseason In Full Swing

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Holy moly folks. Buckle up, the offseason is here. Today is the official start to the MLS offseason as the trade window has re-opened and several teams are taking full advantage of it before it closes up later this week before the first stage of the Re-Entry Draft.

A lot of trades were reported on yesterday so I'll break them down one-by-one here.

The Lowry Lowdown: An inside look at player trades and transfers in football

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SWOL's own Peter Lowry on the pitch for the Portland Timbers (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Let me start off by saying I've never been traded. I was expansion-drafted by Portland, which is an entirely different story, but I've been almost traded a half dozen times that I know about.

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.

The MLS Trading Game

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Article by Leanne Elston


As far as I'm concerned, Major League Soccer is, aside from the League of Parity, also the League of Trades. (Known alternatively as the League of Wait, What? and League of No Really, Where Are They Now? respectively.) While player transfers are part of the game no matter where you go in the world (looking at you, Robin Van Persie), it's always felt to me like MLS has a particular affinity for trading, and trading, and then trading some more.

The MLS Trading Game

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Article by Leanne Elston


As far as I'm concerned, Major League Soccer is, aside from the League of Parity, also the League of Trades. (Known alternatively as the League of Wait, What? and League of No Really, Where Are They Now? respectively.) While player transfers are part of the game no matter where you go in the world (looking at you, Robin Van Persie), it's always felt to me like MLS has a particular affinity for trading, and trading, and then trading some more.

2012 MLS: Summer Transfer Window Winners and Losers

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Houston has gotten some good returns so far out of Garcia. (US Presswire)

As some may know, last Friday was the close of the MLS summer transfer window. Teams may still have an announcement or two left to bring up in the coming days as deals were done before the window closed. Trades will also be made between now and the middle of September as the playoff race continues to heat up but for those wanting to look to outside of MLS for a good deal, their time is up until next year.

Seattle Sends Fernandez To Chicago

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Seattle trades another DP to Chicago. (Getty Images)

It's Friday afternoon, and lately that has meant it's trading time.

The Chicago Fire announced Friday that the club has acquired Alvaro Fernandez from Seattle Sounders FC in return for allocation money. Fernandez will occupy a Designated Player slot.

MMCB: A Story About a Draft Pick

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In this edition of Monday Morning Centre Back, I tell the story of a draft pick.

Lost in the shuffle of the season is next year's SuperDraft. Why are we talking about the draft in July? Well, I'm only mentioning it because I've been reminded about an extra pick the Dynamo picked up earlier this year.

The Rest

Is it time for a wage cap in the Premier League?

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Are salary caps and contract trades in football the way of the future?

By Cameron Wolfe

I read an article years ago which compared football transfers with transfers in North American sports ( NFL, NHL, baseball etc) and in which the question was posed: Would an alternative transfer approach work here in football?