The shavings have only just been cleared from the Colorado Rapids’ newly-engraved name on the MLS Cup trophy, and already teams are wheeling and dealing.
The expansion Portland Timbers made their first trade as an MLS franchise yesterday, sending a third-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft (January 13, Baltimore) to New York in exchange for defender/midfielder Jeremy Hall.
We’d say that’s giving away the 22-year-old Hall, who made 37 appearances and 31 starts in two seasons with the Red Bulls, a little cheaply. It’s also showing a lot of faith in the ability of 31-year-old Chris Albright, who won the right back position over Hall this season, to stay healthy.
In Columbus, the Crew dealt veteran midfielder Brian Carroll, 29, to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money and a conditional second-round pick in January’s SuperDraft.
Again, we might suggest that this is selling short: Carroll has eight caps with the U.S. national team, and is a very solid holding midfielder. But they’re cleaning house in Columbus, having already declined the option on veteran playmaker Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s contract, and Carroll is no longer in their plans.
Less than 24 hours after he helped Colorado nail down the MLS Cup, playing all 30 minutes of extra time, defender Julien Baudet, 31, was shipped out to Seattle.
The Rapids sent the Frenchman and 21-year-old defender Danny Earls to Sounders FC in exchange for veteran midfielder Peter Vagenas—and this one, too, is a bit of a head-scratcher for us here at BP.
Vagenas will be 33 by the time the 2011 MLS season kicks off, and he made just seven appearances for Seattle this year, after making only 14 in each of the previous two seasons.