NOV. 17, 2004 Acquired forward Jason Kreis from FC Dallas in exchange for two future considerations.
Note: One of those future considerations Dallas trades to Columbus, which it used in the 2006 SuperDraft to select Duke Hashimoto. The other was contingent upon Kreis' contributions at RSL, which will be determined at the end of the 2007 season now that he's retired.Analysis: Even though Kreis was in his early 30s during the time of the trade, he was a great asset to the club on the field, and now he's the team's head coach.
NOV. 23, 2004 Acquired Jeff Stewart from Chivas USA in exchange for one of its five Youth International roster spots.Analysis: A worthless trade as Stewart was forced to retire because of a pre-existing knee injury.
DEC. 30, 2004 Acquired Dipsy Selolwane and Evan Whitfield from Chicago in exchange for two SuperDraft picks (a third-round 2005 selection and a second-round 2006 pick).
Note: Chicago traded its 2005 pick to New York, which drafted Chris Corcoran. It drafted Jeff Curtin with the 14th overall pick in 2006.Analysis: Definitely the worst trade in team history as both Selolwane and Whitfield were released before the end of the 2005 season.
JAN. 4, 2005 Traded 2007 fourth-round SuperDraft pick to FC Dallas for rights for defender Brian Dunseth.
Note: Dallas selected Tommy Krizanovic with the 43rd overall selection in 2007.Analysis: Dunseth was an important part of the team's limited success in 2005, and scored the first home goal in team history.
JAN. 14, 2005 Traded one of its remaining two expansion allocations to Los Angeles for the 2005 SuperDraft third-round pick, which it then used to select Jay Nolly.Analysis: Was pretty much a wash as Nolly only played in seven games in two years.
FEB. 1, 2005 Shipped its final player allocation and a 2006 second-round draft pick to the MetroStars for Eddie Pope.
Note: New York used the draft pick to select Josmer Altidore with the 17th overall pick in the 2006 draft.Analysis: Even though having Altidore would be a nice addition, Pope has been the team's best defender for three years, and it's scary to imagine how bad the team might've been without him.
FEB. 23, 2005 Acquired Jordan Cila from Colorado for a 2007 second-round SuperDraft pick.
Note: Colorado used the pick to select midfielder Greg Dalby in this year's draft.Analysis: In hindsight, this wasn't a very intelligent trade. Cila only played in 12 games and scored three goals before being released at the end of the year.
APRIL 20, 2006 Traded a 2006 supplemental draft pick to Colorado for Seth Trembly.
Note: Colorado picked Daniel Wasson with the 38th overall pick in the 2006 Supplemental Draft.Analysis: The supplemental draft is a crap shoot, so trading one away for a player like Trembly who appeared in 22 games in 2005 isn't that big a deal.
JUNE 29, 2005 Acquired defender Paul Broome from Los Angeles in exchange for a 2007 second-round pick.
Note: Galaxy selected Josh Tudela with the 2006 second-round pick.Analysis: Another silly trade by Real, primarily because Broome wasn't healthy at the time of the trade. He played 11 games following the midseason trade before his season was cut short several weeks early because of an ankle injury. That same ankle injury forced him into retirement in 2006.
NOV. 21, 2005 Added veteran goalkeeper Scott Garlick and midfielder Carey Talley from FC Dallas in exchange for a partial allocation.
Note: Dallas used the allocation money for extra salary cap space in the signing of Shaka Hislop.Analysis: This was a great trade for RSL, even though Garlick retired after one year. Midfielder Talley was the heart and soul of the 2006 team, and continues to be so in 2007.
DEC. 12, 2005 Traded Clint Mathis to Colorado in exchange for forward Jeff Cunningham.Analysis: This was definitely the best trade in team history, regardless of the fact RSL still had to pay more than $100,000 over Mathis' salary for the 2006 and 2007 season. Cunningham led MLS with 16 goals in 2006 and was second with 11 assists.
NOV. 16, 2005 Acquired Douglas Sequeira and Christian Jimenez from Chivas USA for defender Brian Dunseth.Analysis: What seemed like a great trade at the time for RSL has been largely disappointing. Losing Dunseth, who retired midway through the 2006 season wasn't a big deal, but Sequeira disappointed and his contract wasn't renewed after last year. Jimenez blew out his ACL last year, but the 23-year-old left midfielder still has a lot of upside.
JAN. 23, 2006 Acquired midfielder Chris Klein and a youth international roster slot from Kansas City for a partial allocation.Analysis: This was a great trade for RSL, as Klein started every game in 2006, and definitely helped raise the professionalism of the club.
MAY 24, 2006 Traded third-string goalie Noah Palmer to Columbus for Duke Hashimoto and a 2007 first-round supplemental draft pick.
Note: RSL traded the pick to Chivas USA who selected defender Desmond Brooks.Analysis: The team had high hopes for Hashimoto, but he tore his ACL last week and is out for the rest of the 2007 season.
JULY 25, 2006 Acquired defender Jack Stewart from Chicago in exchange for rookie Ryan Johnson.Analysis: Considering that Johnson is no longer in MLS and Stewart is a consistent starter for Real, albeit a mistake-prone one, this was a good trade for RSL.
NOV. 17, 2006 Reacquired Jason Kreis from Toronto FC for a partial allocation, basically $100,00 of salary cap space, after Toronto selected him in the expansion draft.Analysis: Giving up $100,000 in cap space severely limited RSL's flexibility during the offseason, which wasn't alleviated until the sudden retirement of Scott Garlick. RSL owner Dave Checketts always envisioned that Kreis would one day be Real's head coach, so not reacquiring him wasn't an option.
DEC. 11, 2006 Acquired Freddy Adu and Nick Rimando from D.C. United in exchange for goalkeeper Jay Nolly and a major financial allocation.Analysis: RSL surrendered a lot of money to get Adu, but it hasn't gotten the return it was hoping for. Adu only has one goal and two assists, and he'll likely be leaving MLS for Europe at the end of the season if not sooner. Unfortunately for Real, even when Adu does leave it must share a portion of its compensation money from the league with D.C. United. Nick Rimando, however, has been a great addition after his early-season struggles with confidence.
JAN. 12, 2007 Acquired Kyle Brown in a draft day trade with New England by sending the Revolution a fourth round SuperDraft pick.
Note: New England selected Adam Cristman with the 48th overall pick.Analysis: Brown has made one brief appearance for RSL this year while Cristman has started nine of 12 matches.
FEB. 9, 2007 Traded Nick Rimando to New York for 2008 fourth round SuperDraft pick.Analysis: This was a pointless trade until the sudden retirement of Scott Garlick a week later.
FEB. 23, 2007 Reacquires Nick Rimando from New York for a 2008 fourth round SuperDraft pick and a 2009 fourth round supplemental draft pick.Analysis: This trade was an absolute must, otherwise RSL would've had three rookie goalkeepers on its roster. Rimando has also been perhaps the team's best player after a shaky April.
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MAY 21, 2007 Sent Jeff Cunningham to Toronto FC in exchange for Alecko Eskandarian and a 2008 first-round SuperDraft pick.Analysis: So far, both teams are happy with the trade, but the jury is still out on who got the better of the deal. The verdict might not come until until next year's draft.
JUNE 20, 2007 Shipped Chris Klein to the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for youngsters Robbie Findley and Nate Sturgis.
Analysis: After one game, this was a brilliant trade. Findley scored two goals in leading RSL to its first win of the season last weekend.