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Major trade for the Philadelphia Union–Perkins to DC for Fred and first round pick–what it means for the draft

The Philadelphia Union and DC United announced a major trade late Wednesday night, less than 24 hours before the MLS Superdraft. The Union will acquire Fred, United’s #7 draft pick, and allocation money in exchange its number one position in the allocation order.

My immediate thoughts on the trade:

First: Well done Philly. Even without Fred, who will add some needed depth and experience in the attacking third, the trade for the #7 pick in the draft tomorrow is huge. Huge!

Second: What does it mean for the draft? Not much as far as the later rounds are concerned. Most of the players expected to go in the first round are still going to go in the first round, and I’m going to keep Stephens as the #1 pick in the second round.

Dilly Duka

Dilly! NY doesn't want you--come to Philly!

Looking at most mock drafts (thanks to ASN’s handy draft aggregator), it looks like the decision is likely between Amobi Okugo and Dilly Duka. There is a chance that Zach Loyd falls this low and, if he does, the Union should nab him and shore up its defensive flanks.

If Loyd isn’t overlooked (and to be honest, I doubt he will be), then Duka is the obvious choice. First of all, screw you Red Bulls–thanks for your developmental player.

Second of all, Duka is much closer to being MLS game ready than Okugo, and for an expansion side that lacks depth this is huge. The Union wants to come roaring out of the gates like Seattle did, and the best way to do this is to add game-ready players, not 18-year-olds in need of another year or two (or three of development).

What are your thoughts?

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  1. OrionPax
    January 14, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Yeah good trade for Philly. Fred was very good his first two years but has fallen off recently. He still has had brief flashes of his original goodness.

    I doubt Union was going to wait to use it on Bocanegra or Eddie Johnson or Clint Dempsey (those guys aren’t coming back any time soon) and DCU wanted Perkins bad.

    Plus besides the draft and allocation pick Philly get some extra allocation money they can use to sign more players.

    Good move!

    Only con, they solved one of their closest rival’s biggest holes.

    • K.M. Morris
      January 14, 2010 at 3:40 am

      Yeah, good point. It really does seem that DC gave up too much, though, and all for just one player. I mean, what if the dude gets injured in his first game?

  2. OrionPax
    January 14, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Perkins was a very good GK for them. And since him they have been rather weak at that position. I think he still has it. And goalies don’t get injured that often (unless your one of the rather sucky DC goalies).

    • K.M. Morris
      January 14, 2010 at 3:57 am

      Yeah, that’s true. And that seems to be what the United fans who are excited about this trade are saying.

      Actually, looks like it could be good for both teams. I really don’t see as much of a loss at all for the Union, and that allocation money will be very useful in the next two months.

  3. michael
    January 14, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Anything that keeps Josh Wickes off the field and into anger management classes is a good thing for DCU. Isn’t Duka a bit of a project as well as being a little smaller? MLS seems to have a thing for big physical guys.

    Fred’s not bad–they’ll need to renegotiate that deal, though, because I think he was making 200k+.

    Stahl might not be a bad pick for them, though all the coverage of the Combine said Okugo showed very well and Stahl was sort of absent.

    • K.M. Morris
      January 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

      Yeah, Duka is definitely still a project, and I didn’t mean I could see him starting right away, but I could see him helping significantly off the bench.

      Now, however, I’m starting to rethink my original opinions about Okugo. Sounds like he may be a star in the making and might also be able to contribute from the bench.

      In the end though a quandary for the Union to find themselves in.

  4. January 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

    What a dream!

    First off Nowak is on my radar as a coach who has a clue (there aren’t many)! This primarily due to pulling out all the stops to acquire Danny Mwanga.

    This alone has converted me to follow MLS next season. Usually the league is a real turn-off because of the low-level of play. But by default, now I am a Union fan and will watch and cover the games.

    Now, if you guys can manage to get Okugo also. Holy crap! I’m sold and will be a die-hard!

    We’ll see today! So excited!

    • K.M. Morris
      January 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

      Thanks for the comment Gary. You may get what you’re hoping for. Ives is reporting on his twitter page that Okugo is likely the target. Unfortunately, as always with Ives, his source is anonymous, so we’ve no idea who told him this.

      What do you think of Duka?

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