While Seattle got a player that they could have taken 11th (Michael Tetteh), and allocation money, it was the Portland Timbers that got a bit more, at least in their minds. They grabbed an international slot and had a net gain in Allocation dollars.
With rumors that he Houston Dynamo only sent 125k$ to Portland, and Portland being excited it looks like Seattle got less than that, if I were to guess it would be about half of that. While 60k$ in Allocation Dollars doesn't seem like a lot that's a minimum cap hit player making the league average. One more league average talent is a win for Seattle.
Also, Seattle only gives up the Slot for a single year. The deal the Timbers had made with the Los Angeles Galaxy earlier in the off-season goes through 2012.
This deal works out as a win for both of the Cascadia teams. But it does leave me wondering what Portland is going to do with their empty international slots.
Currently they have 8 internationals on a squad of 18, including latter round picks. So Portland has 3 or 4 international slots to which they can still add players. While they are chasing a few big name talents - Kenny Cooper - they may not even fill these slots for which they paid.