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The New York Red Bulls have had a void on the left flank since trading away Dave Van Den Bergh, but they look ready to fill that void with Khano Smith, a player who has had his share of success in New York through the years.
The former New England midfielder is set to be traded by Seattle to the Red Bulls, multiple sources told SBI on Tuesday. It is unclear what Seattle will receive in a trade but allocation money is likely to be part of any deal since the Red Bulls currently have a good amount of allocation money and the Sounders have used most of theirs.
The development comes on the same day that Seattle acquired defender Tyrone Marshall from Toronto FC for $100,000 in allocation money. That deal, which reunites Marshall with Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid (who coached Marshall in Los Angeles) paves the way for Toronto FC to make its next acquisition, an international central defender whose identity has yet to be revealed.
In other news, sources tell SBI that former Red Bulls defender Jeff Parke is ready to return to MLS but is not interested in signing with Seattle, which secured his rights in the MLS Expansion Draft. No word yet on where he might wind up, but there are several teams that could use a defender with Parke's ability, including D.C. United.
What do you think of Khano Smith joining the Red Bulls? Do you think Toronto was wise to deal away Tyrone Marshall? Would you like your team to trade for the rights for Jeff Parke? As a Seattle fan, do you like the central defense trio of Tyson Wahl, Tyrone Marshall and Taylor Graham?
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