When the trade that sent Jordan Harvey from the Philadelphia Union to the Vancouver Whitecaps was announced, many of us in the media weren't quite sure what to make of it. After all, Harvey was a starter on one of the best defenses in the league and making not much more than the minimum.
Turns out, we weren't the only ones surprised. The Brotherly Game, SB Nation's Union blog, caught up with Harvey and discovered that the left back was equally caught off guard by the trade:
"I've been playing all season and the last game I played 90 minutes," Harvey told the Brotherly Game. "It came out of the blue for not only me, but for the team as well and from what I've heard it was for the coaching staff. "I think Vancouver came in with an offer and it was one of those offers that they couldn't pass up."
You have to imagine that this trade is part of a bigger picture. Peter Nowak must have another move waiting in the wings ... right? Still, the timing seems odd. The international transfer window is still more than a week away from opening, and there's no obvious reason that this trade had to be made now. Obviously, the intelligence of this move is going to be determined in weeks or months, not days. But right now, it looks pretty weird.