Sporting Kansas City traded the 11th overall pick to DC United for Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). According to Robb Heineman they had only wanted Andrew Tarbell and when he was taken by San Jose's Dominic Kinnear with the 8th pick, Sporting KC moved the pick to DC United. Analyst Taylor Twellman also said that he spoke to Sporting KC coaches and that had only wanted Tarbell.
It was not disclosed how much TAM was traded for Sporting KC's pick.
Explanation of Targeted Allocation Money:
Targeted Allocation Money, a Major League Soccer initiative announced last year, allows clubs to further invest in their roster outside of the player salary budget. Targeted Allocation Money may be used in four ways:
- Clubs may use the funds to sign a new player, provided his salary and acquisition costs are more than the maximum salary budget.
- Clubs may re-sign an existing player, provided he is earning more than the maximum salary budget.
- Clubs may buy down the budget charge of an existing Designated Player (no longer making that player a DP), provided the club concurrently signs a new Designated Player at an investment equal to or greater than the player he is replacing.
- Clubs may trade their Targeted Allocation Money to another club.