VANCOUVER, CANADA - AUGUST 7: Marco Pappa #16 of the Chicago Fire tries to get past Shea Salinas #22 and Jordan Harvey #26 of the Vancouver Whitecaps during the first half of MLS Soccer on August 07, 2011 at Empire Field in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Soccer By Ives is reporting that a source informed the site that the Philadelphia Union received $100,000 in allocation money from the Vancouver Whitecaps for former starting left back Jordan Harvey.
The 27-year-old was traded by the Union to Vancouver on July 8 after starting almost every game possible while with Philadelphia. A great amount of speculation over the total of allocation money sent to the Union for Harvey drove discussions about the team for the following weeks.
Union head coach Piotr Nowak didn't help calm the furor about the trade, telling PhiladelphiaUnion.com shortly afterward that, "I think that the offer was so good that we really thought about it, and we made a collective decision about it."
Joe M. Romero's almost throwaway line in the SBI article shows what the Union, and Nowak, were thinking about when the Whitecaps approached the team about acquiring Harvey.
Harvey, a fan favorite during his time at PPL Park who had a hand in the Union's early-season success this year, was a bit surprised by the trade, which saw him dealt to Vancouver for an allocation sources tell SBI was valued at $100,000.
Harvey has played in, and started, seven games for Vancouver since the trade, assisting on three goals for the last place Whitecaps.