FC Dallas has acquired veteran defensive midfielder Adam Moffat from Seattle Sounders FC, the club announced today.
In return, the Sounders receives allocation money and the rights to negotiate a contract with Kenny Cooper, who prior to the trade would have been available in the MLS Re-entry Draft as Dallas was unable to come to terms with him earlier this week.
The Scottish player set career-highs with 26 appearances, 24 starts and three goals for Houston in 2013 before the Dynamo traded him to Seattle in mid-September. After joining Sounders FC, he played six games, starting the final four matches of the regular season and all three playoff matches for the club.
A seven-year MLS veteran, Moffat has made 116 appearances with 12 goals and six assists for Columbus, Portland, Houston and Seattle. The 27-year old Moffatt adds a veteran presence to the midfield that was lacking for FC Dallas in 2013.
The deal itself is an interesting one. Sources tell me that this was a personal matter as to why this deal got worked out in the manner that it did. Seattle getting allocation money in return for Cooper strikes me as a crazy thing. Even if it is just $5, the fact that they were able to get a goalscorer like Cooper along with money in a deal is just baffling to me. I would imagine that Seattle is getting a little bit of money to help pay down his cap hit for 2014.
Moffat made a little over $161k in total money last season for the Sounders and Dynamo. A decent chunk of change and definitely a lot less than Cooper's $342k.