Union deal Gabe Farfan to Chivas USA for 1st-round pick and allocation money

Union deal Gabe Farfan to Chivas USA for 1st-round pick and allocation money

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Union deal Gabe Farfan to Chivas USA for 1st-round pick and allocation money

MLS, James Riley (7), Gabriel Farfan (15), Miller Bolanos (17)

By IVES GALARCEP

Chivas USA has made some head-scratching trades before, but the one they made on Tuesday just might take the cake.

The Goats acquired midfielder Gabriel Farfan from the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday in exchange for their natural first-round pick in the 2014 MLS Draft and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

The deal looks like a steal for the Union, who trade away a player who wasn’t a regular starter for them in exchange for a pick that could very easily wind up being a Top Five pick in a very strong 2014 draft. The allocation money is likely on the lower end of the scale, probably in the $75,000 range.

For Chivas USA, they acquire a versatile midfielder who spent most of his time in Philadelphia playing out of position at left back. The twin brother of Union midfielder Michael Farfan, Gabriel should be able to feature in a midfield role for the Goats, which should suit his attacking qualities better.

What do you think of the trade? Think the Union made out? Think MLS should step in and stop allowing Chivas USA to make trades? See Farfan breaking out as a quality midfielder?

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