Whitecaps FC make trade with Philadelphia Union

'Caps acquire first-round draft pick and allocation money

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VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that they have acquired Philadelphia Union’s first-round selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, allocation money, as well as the Union’s 12th position in the league’s allocation ranking, in exchange for Vancouver’s second-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and the ’Caps first position in the MLS allocation ranking. Per league and club policy, the amount of allocation money was not disclosed.

"There were a number of factors involved in this trade, including our current and future needs, the players available through allocation ranking, as well as the strength of next year's MLS SuperDraft," said Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie. "In the end, we are very pleased with the assets we've acquired, as allocation money is an important asset in our league, and we have seen the value that a first-round pick can bring in either a quality player or something that can be turned into assets down the road."

For additional information on Major League Soccer allocation ranking and allocation money, visit: http://www.mlssoccer.com/2012-mls-roster-rules.