In a trade reminiscent of the offloading of Shavar Thomas*, the Philadelphia Union sent Jeff Parke and the sixth overall allocation order spot to DC United for Ethan White and the first overall allocation order spot.
The first word of the trade came from ESPN’s Marc Connolly, and then followed up by the Washington Post’s Steven Goff (Soccer Insider). Official word may be delayed, as pointed out by The Goalkeeper’s Johnathan Tannenwald, due to a meeting of all Major League Soccer PR staff today.
The general consensus was that the Union had made off in the deal, having traded an aging veteran center back, albeit one of the bright spots in 2013 for Philadelphia, for a young center back with potential and conceivably a recent member of the United States Men’s National Team.
Maurice Edu is expected to be the next player affiliated with the USMNT to either return to or come to MLS. The latest player was Michael Parkhurst, who followed Michael Bradley, and previously Clint Dempsey, to MLS.
The addition of Edu would signal an end to Brian Carroll’s time with the Union and an extension of the curse of the Philadelphia captain’s armband. As reported by Kessler Reports earlier this month, Carroll may have been put on the trade block prior to these events being set in motion.
*In the Shavar Thomas trade, the Union acquired two second round SuperDraft selections that later became Carroll, in a trade, and Raymon Gaddis.