Following up on exSlacker's Fanpost on acquiring a youth DP, I dug into Matias Laba's contract situation and saw that he's listed at 200K base plus 500K per year for the prorated transfer fee. If Laba is at 700K he's going to have to be a DP no matter how you slice it and will need to get traded away from Toronto FC (as has been strongly hinted previously).
Now if we assume that:
1) SSFC has roughly 675K in cap space remaining
2) Ozzie's contract is for 600K per year.
3) Toronto is willing to deal Laba for a ~100K player, 75K in allocation and a draft pick (let's say a 2015 pick plus Bowen or Barrett, a former toronto player himself)
Then SSFC could potentially do the following:
1) Buy down ozzie to below DP (600K-388K = -212K in allocation from SSFC)
2) Trade 100K player, 75K in allocation and draft pick to Toronto (+25K in allocation to SSFC)
3) Take on Laba as a youth DP (-200K in allocation from SSFC)
This would result in a net allocation spend of 387K for SSFC this year to acquire Laba for 2014. In 2015, the sounders could opt to buy him or ozzie down with additional AM, restructure his contract, or possibly trade/sell him for a profit. (All of these may be made easier by the new CBA in 2015)
Given the strong rumors that Marco Pappa will be a 300K plus player and would cost the Sounders their Allocation Order position - it seems that it would be close enough to an even cap hit for SSFC in 2014 to acquire either Laba or Pappa and still have room for a 150-200K player or two backups.
If the aforementioned transaction was possible, would you take Matias Laba over Marco Pappa? Is the promise of a youth DP like Laba more valuable than an MLS veteran who has played in only 12
Belgian Dutch league matches in two years? If I'm Adrian Hanauer, I'm definitely making a few phone calls up north to test the waters while everyone waits on Philly to use their #1 allocation order pick.