The headline of the day for the San Jose Earthquakes is their trade of Nick Lima to Austin FC for 2021, but the Earthquakes made another trade Sunday, acquiring a 2022 fourth-round MLS SuperDraft pick from the New England Revolution in exchange to the MLS player rights for Jon Bell.
Bell was the Quakes’ draft selection this year in the second round, No. 38 overall, but he was not signed by the club out of UMBC. The defender ultimately joined New England Revolution II in USL League One this year, and the parent club appears set to sign him to an MLS contract.
A fourth-round pick likely won’t turn out to be much for the Earthquakes, but assuming the draft remains four rounds in 2022, you never know, it could lead to a productive player. Or it could lead to an asset to be flipped in the meantime. Still, San Jose weren’t going to sign Bell, so they basically get something for nothing, but we can’t expect a king’s ransom for a deal like this.
We’ll keep you posted on future moves as we learn them.
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