The LA Galaxy have waved goodbye to midfield enforcer Marcelo Sarvas as the Brazilian has joined the Colorado Rapids in a trade that also saw the Rapids pick up an international roster spot.
In exchange, the Galaxy received allocation money and more importantly, have moved up the allocation ranking by taking Colorado‘s third place in the allocation order.
Sarvas, 33, made 88 appearances for the Galaxy, scoring 19 goals with nine assists in a successful spell that saw him lift two MLS Cup titles in three seasons.
He is a huge acquisition for the Rapids and will look to be as influential as he was in Los Angeles as the Rapids look to improve on last season’s disappointing campaign. The team recorded its lowest points tally in 14 seasons in 2014.
The Rapids made two strong defensive acquisitions in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft earlier today as they picked up 6ft 7in centre-back Axel Sjoberg and 6ft 6in defender Joseph Greenspan.
Sarvas’s exit from the LA Galaxy will leave many fans saddened as he was a fan favourite, but Steven Gerrard’s arrival in the summer will soften the blow.
The rise in allocation ranking also suggests that the Galaxy are set to make a move for USMNT midfielder Sacha Kljestan.
The 29-year-old has fallen out of favour in Anderlecht and is expected to return to MLS before the start of the new season with Seattle Sounders, New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union also interested.
The Galaxy are now the highest ranked side of those in terms of allocation ranking and are now in pole position should they wish to pursue the midfielder.
What do you make of the trade between the Colorado Rapids and the LA Galaxy regarding Marcelo Sarvas?