The LA Galaxy have traded midfielder Marcelo Sarvas and an international roster spot to the Rapids in return for allocation money and a jump to third in the allocation rankings.
"We thank Marcelo for all of his contributions to our team over the past three seasons," Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena said. "We wish Marcelo the best of luck in Colorado."
So what does this trade mean for the future?
By now, it has been widely reported the Galaxy are looking to bring Sacha Kljestan to LA. By moving to third in the allocation order, the Galaxy are behind the Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes.
A number of different scenarios could play out. The Impact or the Earthquakes could attempt to sign Kljestan, but neither seems particularly likely. Sacha may speak French, but if he's leaving Anderlecht to head to Montreal, why not just stay in Europe? San Jose are interested in Kljestan, but with the versatile midfielder preferring a move to LA or New York, Northern California might not be Sacha's cup of tea, despite their fancy new stadium.
There's also the possibility of the New York Red Bulls, who are also rumored to want Kljestan, making a deal with Montreal for their allocation spot. (Apparently San Jose aren't interested in dealing theirs, suggesting they may be in the market for other players) Should any of these moves fail to come to light, the only thing stopping the Galaxy from acquiring Kljestan is contract negotiations.
With 3 Designated Players, the Galaxy have to sign Sacha below the DP threshold, which might be difficult considering Anderlecht probably want a transfer fee. However, as some of our readers have brought up, if NYCFC were able to sign Mix Diskerud below the threshold, there is optimism LA can strike a deal with the Belgian outfit.
After the Kofi Opare debacle last season, where the Galaxy traded away a young promising center back to move up the allocation rankings only for a proposed loan deal with Kljestan to fall through, you have to imagine the Galaxy have something up their sleeve to pull the trigger on trading a fan favorite in Marcelo Sarvas.
Right now, all the signs point to Kljestan signing a deal with the league after his future to LA is secure. By no means is it a done deal, but Galaxy fans should feel bullish about the odds of Sacha winding up in Galaxy colors.