My understanding is that if USMNT players are signed as DPs they skip the allocation process. According to mlssoccer Edu was signed from Stoke on a DP. My guess is that Philly gets to trade their allocation spot to Chicago so that they can sign Pappa. Anyone else see if differently?
I have had a sneaking suspicion that mls would have to help the Fire get Pappa after their public statement of interest in order to avoid playing favorites in the wake of he Dempsey and Bradley deals.