Left Back Needed - Union Trades Jordan Harvey to Vancouver

Left Back Needed - Union Trades Jordan Harvey to Vancouver

In what can only reasonably be described as a head scratching move the Union traded Jordan Harvey, their only real left back on the roster, to Vancouver in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money. Harvey will be reunited with former Union player Shea Salinas, who, in another questionable move, was left unprotected in the MLS Expansion Draft.

Like many other Union observers I am left to wonder what the rationale was behind the move. If you were to build a prototypical MLS player you could do a lot worse than Harvey. What do I mean by that? Well, he's durable. He's played in 46 of 47 of the Union's league games. The lone game he missed, earlier this season against Portland, was the result of a red card suspension.

Tactically he's incredibly important. As mentioned he was the only natural left back on the roster. I suppose in a pinch you could move Keon Daniel or Gabriel Farfan back there (Farfan actually stepped in for Harvey against Portland), but I'd be terrified if either was thrust into that role on a full-time basis.

Timing-wise the trade is bizarre. The Union have conceded the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference. After a nightmarish first season in the goals against department the Union back line has been a rock. They sit just one point out of first place in the conference with two games in hand on first place New York.

You finally have a sound defense, so why not just go ahead and trade your starting left back? Odd.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly as it relates to structuring an MLS team, Harvey was incredibly cheap. Harvey was on the books for just $63,125 this season. Talk about value. By comparison, Juan Diego Gonzalez, who has not seen the field this season, is making $193,462.50.

For a team which seemingly places such high value on identifying and acquiring cheap talent the move makes little sense.

Now, with all of that being said, and considering that they have zero depth along the back line, another shoe is certain to drop in the near future. The Union may be many things, but dumb is not one of them.

There have been rumors of MLS having recently come to terms with its first African Designated Player. Could this mystery player be headed here? Is there another trade in the works?

The Union have to have something up their sleeve. What that may be is anyone's guess.

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Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.