According to the Washington Post, D.C. United has traded Ethan White and the #1 allocation spot to the Philadelphia Union for veteran defender Jeff Parke and the #6 allocation spot.
It’s heavily rumored that the Union are making a play for former Maryland Terrapin Maurice Edu and needed to make a deal to obtain the top allocation pick. However, it seems that the Union will most likely be paying Edu Designated Player money, it seems the trading of the top allocation pick a bit of a mystery.
As for United, this gives them more veteran experience on the defensive line but did they give up too much to obtain him? Parke’s salary is above $200,000 per season and should work well in tandem with the recently acquired Bobby Boswell. What does this move mean for United in Thursday’s upcoming MLS SuperDraft? This line of thinking could go two ways. One – it means that United will be drafting a central defender. Either Steve Birnbaum or Christian Dean. Or Two – it could mean that since they have their starters locked up in central defense, they will go after Maryland forward Patrick Mullins.
Regardless, the move to obtain Parke considering what they gave up is not being received well by media or United’s rabid fan base. The front office better have something up their sleeve otherwise this seems a very lopsided and short-term deal not in favor of United.