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New York Red Bulls trade rights to player they had probably forgotten about

RBNY has traded something it didn’t really deserve (rights to a player who never played for the first team) for something it didn’t really need

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As tipped by Kristian Dyer for Metro (no relation), the New York Red Bulls have traded away something not particularly important to them for something not particularly important to Toronto FC.

TFC has acquired the rights to goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell - a player who hasn’t been involved in MLS since a couple of stints with RBNY in 2008 and 2009 - in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

As he has done for most of the past decade, Patterson-Sewell will continue to advance his career without any great input from RBNY. He registered no first-team appearances with the Red Bulls in his time with the team, and has since played for a variety of clubs in Portugal and the American lower leagues.

In short: there is no part of what recommends him to TFC that is owed to RBNY. For nothing more than not putting Patterson-Sewell on the field when they had the chance, the Red Bulls get a fourth-round draft pick. It is a something-for-nothing trade from RBNY’s perspective - one of those occasions when the team profits (minimally) from MLS’ often-bizarre rules and regulations.

TFC has shown a deep affection for the stranger side of the MLS rule book this year. The 2018 Shield and Cup (and Canadian Championship) winner recently traded some money to D.C. United in exchange for less money.

Thanks for the draft pick and for keeping the off-season entertaining, TFC.