MLS Offseason Notebook: Galaxy acquire Dan Kennedy, more

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by RYAN BRISTER

Free agency is open in Major League Soccer for the first time, but so far most of the players changing teams have done so along the old lines in this league: via trade. Perhaps the biggest trade so far has sent a proven goalkeeper to Southern California and a team in need of that position.

Dan Kennedy traded to the LA Galaxy: The LA Galaxy have acquired goalkeeper Dan Kennedy from FC Dallas in exchange for second and third-round picks in January’s SuperDraft. The Galaxy were forced to make a mid-season change at keeper when Jaime Penedo abruptly left the team in the summer; Donovan Ricketts was not nearly as successful in goal. 

Kennedy is familiar with LA, having spent eight seasons with Chivas USA before they folded. Dallas selected him in the ensuing dispersal draft, but his starting job was taken away in midseason by 20-year-old Jesse Gonzalez.

Marco Pappa sold to the Colorado Rapids: The Seattle Sounders sent Marco Pappa to Colorado in exchange for allocation money. As always, the amount is undisclosed. After returning to MLS after a spell in the Eriedivisie, Pappa had nine goals and 11 assists for Seattle over the last two seasons. But 2015 was tumultuous for Pappa, as he missed several games due to a DUI arrest and subsequent time in MLS’s substance abuse program.

Deybi Flores to stay with Vancouver Whitecaps on a permanent basis: The Vancouver Whitecaps reached a deal with Honduran club Motagua to make permanent the move of 19-year-old midfielder Deybi Flores. Flores played for the Whitecaps on loan in 2015, making nine appearances and five starts in MLS.

Draft Roundup: The first round of MLS Draft results were sparing. Former Portland striker Maximiliano Urruti has joined FC Dallas through the re-entry draft while Alec Kahn of the Fire joined Sporting KC. Michael Azira, meanwhile, joined the Colorado Rapids from the Seattle Sounders in the waiver draft.