The Union are lining up the acquisition of American midfielder Maurice Edu, sources have confirmed to Goal USA. It's one of several moves in the works in MLS this week.FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- The MLS Draft is still two days away, but the wheeling and dealing is in full swing here at the MLS Combine, with trades being made and some key deals being lined up.
Chief among them is the Philadelphia Union’s courtship of Maurice Edu, with sources telling Goal USA that the Union are putting the finishing touches on a deal to bring the World Cup veteran to the Union.
To make the deal happen, the Union completed a trade with D.C. United on Tuesday, sending veteran defender Jeff Parke to D.C. United for Ethan White and the No. 1 spot in the MLS Allocation Order. That Allocation Order spot will allow the Union to sign Edu.
Here is a rundown of some of the other deals being discussed in MLS circles:
Seattle eyeing Marco Pappa
The Seattle Sounders could be adding a quality winger with MLS experience soon, with talk circulating that the Sounders are in talks to bring Guatemalan winger Marco Pappa back to MLS after a less than successful stint at Dutch club Heerenveen.
Originally a Chicago Fire player, Pappa left MLS after the 2012 season via a transfer to Heerenveen, but he never did settle in with the Dutch club, and is poised to return.
The Philadelphia Union’s acquisition of the top allocation slot, and expected signing of Edu, clears the way for the Sounders to grab Pappa.
Galaxy deal top pick
The Los Angeles Galaxy and Columbus Crew completed a deal on Tuesday sending the No. 14 overall pick in the MLS Draft and midfielder Hector Jimenez to the Crew in exchange for a second-round pick (No. 23 overall) and allocation money.
The Crew recently traded out of the first round in the deal that landed U.S. national team defender Michael Parkhurst, but Columbus has moved back into position to potentially grab a player like UC-Irvine fullback Marco Franco.
D.C. United shopping Silva, possibly to Chivas USA
D.C. United’s roster transformation continues, with attacking midfielder Luis Silva looking like another player on the way out. Sources tell Goal USA that D.C. is actively shopping Silva, with Chivas USA a potential destination.
A Los Angeles native, Silva would be a good fit for a Chivas USA team that is always looking for good attacking talent with local ties. It remains unclear what Chivas USA would give up in a deal.
Larin won’t sign Generation adidas deal
UConn freshman Cyle Larin generated a lot of buzz as a player who could have been the top pick in the 2014 MLS Draft if he had signed a Generation adidas contract, but that won’t happen now after MLS had an improved offer for Larin turned down on Monday night.
Sources tell SBI that Larin was seeking a contract larger than any Generation adidas deal in the past three years, and a salary twice as much as the best offer MLS made.