August 7th 2016, a day that many Union fans will remember. After many Union supporters watched their club lose a third game in a row on Sunday, Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtain finally decided it was time to shake it up a bit. We saw the signing of an American midfielder in his prime, the departure of a Philly soccer legend, and the arrival of a forward with an incredible back story. The moves were made in an effort to lift the 3rd place Union back into 1st place, and to possibly win their first playoff game ever in franchise history this fall. But before this weekend’s game against the new look D.C. United we further analyze the three moves made yesterday by the boys in blue.
Early in the afternoon, the Union announced the signing of Alejandro Bedoya. The MLS have a single, public list of players whom could have their rights acquired by the MLS. Once acquired the player will go through an allocation process which means a team could select to acquire them. The teams are listed by reverse performance from last year, so the worst team would be number 1. Once a player is selected the team that selects the player will drop down to the bottom of the list. Bedoya’s rights were acquired by the MLS, but the Chicago Fire were number 1 on the list. The Union were second and they didn’t want Chicago to get him, so they made a trade to acquire the first spot. They traded General allocation money, Targeted allocation money, the team’s natural first round pick in the 2017 Superdraft, and the discovery rights for a player to be named later. After the trade the Union signed Bedoya using the first pick in the allocation process.
A United States national team regular, Bedoya played for FC Nantes in France’s Ligue 1. He scored 11 goals in 87 appearances, while he has scored 2 goals in 53 appearances for the United States National team. Bedoya was brought in to seemingly replace Vincent Nogueira in the midfield, and play alongside returning midfielder Maurice Edu.
Sebastien Le Toux
Late last night, the Union announced that they had traded away the all-time leading scorer for the Union, Sebastien Le Toux. Le Toux was acquired by Philadelphia in 2010 through the expansion draft after playing one year for the Seattle Sounders in the MLS. Sabastien was able to have an MVP type year for Philadelphia in 2010, and scored 25 goals in the first two season with the club. After being traded to Vancouver in 2012 as well as the New York Redbulls, the fan favorite returned to Philadelphia in 2013 where he has played the past 3 seasons scoring another 25 goals. In total Le Toux miraculously finished his career with 50 goals and 50 assists. Le Toux was traded to Colorado for general allocation money.
Between the hours of 11 P.M. and 12 A.M., rumors started swirling that the Union were interested in forward Charlie Davies. This morning, the Union announced that they had acquired Davies and a natural 3rd round pick in the 2018 SuperDraft from the New England Revolution for General Allocation money, Targeted Allocation money, and a natural first round 2018 SuperDraft pick.
Now what many people do not know is, that Charlie Davies has a very interesting back story. In 2009, the promising American striker was in Washington D.C. for a world cup qualifying game. He was a passenger in a car that crashed on the George Washington Parkway at 3;15 a.m.splitting the car in half. Davies was able to overcome several major injuries from the accident to be able to return to the game that he loved. Very quietly in the Spring of 2016, Davies was diagnosed with liposarcoma which is a type of cancer. Davies was even able to overcome that and return to MLS action last Saturday where he came on a sub in the 2nd half. Davies’ speed and knack for scoring could help bolster a struggling Union offense.
The Union will be back in action on Saturday at 7:00 as they travel down I-95 to take on the D.C. United.
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