Earlier on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Union announced that they traded defender Jeff Parke and their sixth allocation order position to DC United in exchange for Ethan White and the first allocation order position. This move seems to just be the beginning for Philadelphia. With the first allocation order position, the Union have the first opportunity of signing players coming into the league. The latest rumors swirling around have Maurice Edu coming back to MLS and landing in Philadelphia.
According to Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep, the USMNT defensive midfielder and the Union “are putting the finishing touches on a deal to bring the World Cup veteran to the Union.” Additionally, with Edu’s potential arrival, it looks like current Union defensive midfielder and captain Brian Carroll could be on the way out. This would not be surprising, as there has been reports stating that Philadelphia put Carroll on the trade block.
Overall, the Union’s trade with United Tuesday was the start of things to come. With the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday and having two first-round picks — No. 2 and No. 6 — Philadelphia can bolster their squad and fill in some roster holes. It is expected that they will draft a center back with the No. 2 pick and a midfielder with the sixth pick.
So far this offseason, Philadelphia has been rather inactive and fans were growing weary. With Tuesday’s trade and Edu rumors, their attitudes are not quickly shifting and they are excited for what is yet to come. Late this afternoon, Jeff Carlisle tweeted about Edu’s expected salary number.
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 14, 2014
While this salary number seems to be rather high for a player like Edu, MLS and teams will throw out money to bring in big name players. Additionally, this move would help the Union tremendously, but it would be a high risk at that amount of money. Since leaving Scottish Premier League side Rangers, he played very little. However, I think Edu’s return to regular playing time would pay off for spending $1.2 million. It is simple economics that if someone values a player at a set price, they should be allowed to pay said price. Likewise, if MLS Commisioner Don Garber nixes this deal, he can expect some angry Sons of Ben at the 2014 SuperDraft in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Wednesday’s trade not only brought some financial flexibility, but also had other moves in mind. As busy as Tuesday has been for Union fans, the rest of the week looks to follow suit.The front office made one solid trade Wednesday, and more quality moves seem to be in the works that could be complete this week.
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