TFC brass have talked openly for weeks about their desire to trade Jeff Cunningham, and there was plenty of speculation in the soccer blogosphere this morning about where he would go.
Steven Goff of the Washington Post said the L.A. Galaxy was interested, even though they already had Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle and Carlos Ruiz.
And Drew Epperley, author of the WVHooligan soccer blog, gave a team-by-team breakdown of potential Cunningham suitors, and also listed the Galaxy as a front-runner.
Turns out Mo Johnston and Schellas Hyndman fooled them all.
FC Dallas won the Jeff Cunningham sweepstakes.
In return, TFC received a third-round pick in the 2009 MLS Superdraft.
I had a quick word with Mo Johnston, who confirmed 1) that he has been trying to trade Cunningham for a while and 2) Cunningham's salary ($257,500) made unloading him difficult.
But the deal, at last, is done and after an injury riddled 2007 and inconsistent 2008, Cunningham gets a fresh start in Dallas, and a chance to finally bag that 100th goal.
The question for him is: does he beat out Dominic Oduro (five goals in nine starts) for the starting spot alongside all-star striker Kenny Cooper, or does he spend the rest of this season shuttling in and out of the lineup?
And the question for TFC is, who is available to help right now?
So right now TFC has two third-round draft picks to go along with three first-rounders in next January's draft, but none of those guys will be available tomorrow in Colorado, when a short-handed TFC squad faces the Rapids.
Danny Dichio, who is recovering from a concussion, made the trip, but his status is still uncertain. If he can't play, and with Cunningham in Texas, TFC may find itself undermanned up front yet again.
If the U.S. men's team keeps winning at the Olympics, TFC might not have its full squad back until August 30. Yeah, that's a long way away, but still too soon for draft picks to help. Logic (and the team's six-game MLS winless streak) dictate that more moves are coming.
-- Morgan Campbell