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Union wheeling and dealing before draft

The Philadelphia Union have swung deals with D.C. United and Dallas, but have so far held on to the No. 1 pick in this morning's MLS SuperDraft.mlsphily

Philadelphia Union announced today that the Major League Soccer expansion club have acquired allocation money, D.C. United’s 2010 MLS SuperDraft first round pick (#7 overall) and Brazilian midfielder Fred. In exchange, Philadelphia Union sent their #1 allocation ranking to D.C., which United used to obtain 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Troy Perkins. Philadelphia now hold the #6 spot in the allocation rankings.


With the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft looming, Philadelphia Union continue to maneuver, making their second deal in as many days. The MLS expansion club announced that it has sent allocation money to FC Dallas in exchange for the #6 overall pick in today’s SuperDraft.

“The opportunity to move up and select another player who we believe might help us build our foundation was a chance well worth taking,” said Team Manager Peter Nowak.

With this latest move, Philadelphia Union now have three of the first seven picks in the SuperDraft for collegiate players, with perhaps the best crop of young athletes ever to choose from.