Rapids, Red Bulls Keep Dealing

Houston will take a chance on Clark, ACL's and all.

One day after they completed a trade of Macoumba Kandji and Mehdi Ballouchy, New York and Colorado made additional deals to shore up their teams for the postseason.

The Red Bulls sent a conditional second round pick in next year’s draft to DC United in exchange for veteran defender Carey Talley.

The Rapids swapped allocation money and injured midfielder Colin Clark for Houston winger Brian Mullan and a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft.

Our take? The New York–DC deal makes sense for both sides, as DC looks to rebuild (Talley, 34, made just three starts since June) and the Red Bulls solidify their backline with a veteran presence—who will no doubt be energized by the opportunity to play on a contender alongside the likes of Henry, Marquez and Angel.

But the Colorado-Houston swap is a bit of a head scratcher: Clark has shown flashes of excellence with the Rapids, but he’s torn his ACL in each of the past two seasons, shredding the ligament in a training session in August 2009 and then again on August 7 of this year, in a non-contact situation.

Why would Houston take a flier on a player with two consecutive career-threatening injuries to the same joint, while giving up a proven winger in Mullan, a veteran with four caps for the U.S. national team?

We’ll just have to trust that Houston’s Dominic Kinnear, who has four MLS Cups under his belt—two as an assistant, two as a head coach—knows more about this than we do.