The New York Red Bulls have shipped their promising young forward Juan Agudelo to Chivas USA for Heath Pearce, a move that solves problems for both teams.
Pearce first revealed the deal on his personal Twitter account.
New York is loaded at the striker position with both Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper having career years for the club. Minutes at the striker position were very difficult to come by for the 19-year-old Agudelo, who has shown flashes of vast potential during his three seasons in Major League Soccer. Acquiring Pearce will solidify an improving New York backline as the United States international is arguably one of the league's top three players in the left back position.
While there will be some backlash from trading away one of America's top soccer prospects, New York has arranged several provisions in the trade that will allow the club to benefit should Agudelo move abroad in the future. According to Fox Soccer, New York will receive a substantial amount of allocation money for the forward and will also get large percentage of any transfer fee involved in the future. So even if Agudelo moves to Europe in the future, the Red Bulls will receive a significant amount of the transfer fee.
For Pearce, the move also provides the defender with a chance to join one of MLS's contending teams. There might be some questions over the futures of starting left back Roy Miller and young backup Conor Lade but the move gives the Red Bulls a bonafide star in the position. With Wilman Conde expected back in the next month, New York could rely on a brickwall-like defense heading into the playoffs.
Chivas USA isn't expected to contend for a playoff spot this season but in acquiring Agudelo, the team makes a move that could drastically improve its offense. The club is tied with winless Toronto FC for the league's worst offense with only six goals in 10 matches.
Chivas USA is also close to completing a move for Philadelphia Union defender Danny Califf which would help in shoring up its central defense.