Philadelphia Union made news Wednesday evening, announcing that the club could acquire up to $200,000 in General Allocation Money from FC Cincinnati in exchange for the Union's five 2019 MLS SuperDraft selections.
Reactions to the deal have been positive, with many seeing the transaction of Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner as one that could change the league going forward.
- Philly.com: Union trade all their MLS draft picks to FC Cincinnati, deciding draft isn’t of much use
- BrotherlyGame: Philadelphia Union trade all five of their draft picks to FC Cincinnati for allocation money
- MLSsoccer.com: Philadelphia deal all 5 SuperDraft picks to Cincinnati for Allocation Money
- Delaware County Daily Times:
- Pro Soccer USA: Philadelphia Union trade 2019 draft picks to FC Cincinnati in exchange for allocation money
- Pro Soccer USA: MLS draft history: examining the value of a pick
This is incredible. That's really quite a remarkable piece of business. Maybe this will signal the end of the SuperDraft. It's a really odd mechanism when you think about it and I really don't understand why it's a thing. https://t.co/Y9cqXMZJT0— Jason Poon (@jasonhpoon) January 10, 2019
As Ernst Tanner (half) pointed out in the call:— Matthew De George (@sportsdoctormd) January 10, 2019
8: Number of players at the MLS combine younger than 22
8: Number of Union players under contract younger than 22
Ernst Tanner says he knows he's making a move that hasn't been done much before in MLS, but he sees the changing landscape, and says "maybe I'm here to do it."— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) January 10, 2019
I think there are always MLS-level talents coming out of the draft if you're willing to develop them.— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) January 10, 2019
But I understand Philly's POV. They've been developing their own guys in that academy for years. Best to spend any further effort there. https://t.co/vndSlCZ7QB
Challenging Bruce Arena trading away his picks and flying home from the draft early for the best move in MLS SuperDraft history. Ernst watched the combine and was like, “Nah, I’m good.” https://t.co/apF9ZWlgOd— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) January 10, 2019
I would say when it comes to true game-changing, impactful starters in the MLS SuperDraft, the average is dropping rapidly. There are some decent starters that emerge, but I’d say impact picks are probably Larin, Roldan, Harrison and Gressel over the past four drafts.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) January 10, 2019
From a pure value standpoint, FCC has overpaid by giving $150k for all of Philly's picks.— Tutul Rahman (@tutulismyname) January 10, 2019
The #13 pick might be worth $75k. The rest of the picks dont have allocation value.
Not a huge deal, but definitely an overpay.https://t.co/Ik8i50Ua36