The chapter on Major League Soccer's notable player acquisitions that first required a trade of intangible assets just got a bit longer.
The latest U.S. Men's National Team player to join MLS is Alejandro Bedoya. The Philadelphia Union made a move for the 29-year-old midfielder on Wednesday, the final day before the summer transfer window closes. Bedoya has played his entire professional career in Europe since leaving Boston College in 2008.
Where the Chicago Fire come into play is through the league's often confusing allocation order. Bedoya, as a national team player, is subject to the allocation order. The Fire, as the worst team in the league last year, had the top spot in that order. That means that even if Bedoya was set on going to Philadelphia, the Fire still had some negotiating rights that were worth enough to force the Union to fork over some intangible assets.
The Fire, which confirmed the details of the deal later on Wednesday afternoon, acquired Philadelphia's first round pick in 2017, both general and targeted allocation money and discovery rights on a player not named. The teams also swapped spots in the allocation order, with the Union moving up from No. 2 to No. 1. The Fire will return to the top spot in the allocation order with Philly using the top spot to get Bedoya, but that won't mean much because the order resets in 2017 and today is the last day teams can add players from outside MLS.
“This move is directly tied to other deals today and transactions to be completed in the coming months that will allow us to execute our plan and realize our on-field goals," Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez in the club's press release.
Breakdown: Fire receiving $100k in General Allocation, $75k in Targeted from Philly.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) August 3, 2016
Earlier this year, the Fire traded the top allocation spot to the Colorado Rapids and in return moved up a few spots in the draft. Colorado used that spot in the allocation order to sign goalkeeper Tim Howard.