Throughout the off-season, Philadelphia Union fans were growing frustrated with the team's front office inactivity. On Tuesday, the Union announced that they have traded central back Jeff Parke to D.C. United in exchange for Ethan White. In addition, Philadelphia swaps their sixth allocation order spot for United's number one spot.
For Philadelphia, this brings some extra financial flexibility and acquire a player who has yet to reach his full potential. In one year with Philly, Parke became a fan favorite and was apart of the Union's strong back line. Parke shared his appreciation of the team, fans, and city as he embarks to a new team.
"I want to express how incredible it was for me to represent such a great team, city and group of supporters," Parke said. "For reasons that I can only describe as a personal matter, I am leaving my home town and this great club. This has been an extremely difficult decision for me, but I want to thank the Union fans, coaches, players and staff for helping make last year awesome while playing for my hometown club. My heart and home are in Philly and you have all been fantastic to me from day one. I will miss you and want you to know how grateful I will always be to everyone who made my experience here such a memorable one."
On the other hand, White was a stalwart in United's mediocre defense. Likewise, the home-grown signing is only entering his fourth MLS season. White's addition adds to a young, talented Union core that was missing a few pieces. While center back is not one of them, White's inclusion is good for team. His salary is much less than Parke's, but the difference in talent isn't a big as their salary difference.
Team manager John Hackworth spoke to White's hard work and talent clearly seen in his Unite tenure.
“We want to thank Jeff for his hard work and contributions to the Union during this past season,” said Team Manager John Hackworth. “We think Ethan is a very talented defender and we are excited to add him to our squad. Additionally, having the number one ranking in the MLS allocation ranking is a great opportunity for us to improve our roster.”
As Hackworth mentioned, having the number one raking in the MLS allocation ranking is good. The Union have the first chance of signing talent coming into the league, and this trade is just the start of things to come for Philadelphia.