Secondly its time for me to admit I was wrong. Back in January when we traded Klute to Columbus I said:
This is a lousy trade. I know Axel Sjoberg (who I'm going to start calling Axel Foley I think) was well regarded but there's only two ways this trade makes any sense. He's going to have to become a starter by midseason or we're going to find out Klute had a huge escalation clause in his contract (similar to Omar Cummings between 2011 and 2012). Otherwise this is a bad trade no matter how you look at it. Yes, a chunk (or all) of that allocation money probably went to LA in the deal that got us Sarvas that still doesn't make it a good move. I find it hard to believe Klute wasn't worth more than a Superdraft pick and allocation money. This is a guy who a year ago was on the firnges of the National team. I think we're going to regret this move.So far this season Klute has started 4 of Columbus' 13 games and appeared in 3 more for 425 minutes of action. Sjoberg has 8 starts in 13 games for 720 minutes. Sarvas had 5 starts and 6 appearances for 462 minutes and an assist before his injury. Klute can't get off the bench for the second worst defense in MLS while Sjoberg has been a key component for the second best defense in the league. On top of that Sarvas was a strong midfielder before the injury and is expected to bolster the team when he returns.
Clearly the Rapids have done well with this trade and I was way off-base with my evaluation. I got that one badly wrong.