Sweeney: Who has won the December 2018 3-way deal between the Revolution, Colorado, and Sporting KC?

On December 18 last year, the Revolution set off a bombshell of a three-way trade during the dinner hour. It was a trade that looked to secure a position of dire need in the New England backline, and moved a fan favorite — the second fan favorite, we should add, in the course of eight months — away from Foxborough.

Now, eight-plus months have passed, with six weeks remaining in Major League Soccer’s regular season. And we ask the big question: which club has won that particular trade? It's not the answer you may expect.

Let’s break it down.


New England sent Kelyn Rowe to Colorado Rapids in exchange for Edgar Castillo, who had been on loan to the suburban Denver side from Liga MX club Monterrey last year. The Rapids re-signed him earlier in the afternoon and subsequently shipped him to Foxborough in exchange for Rowe.

In the same move, Colorado swapped Rowe and $300,000 in allocation money to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for Diego Rubio.


While you can feel free to go back through the archives and read what I wrote back in December (or, you know, click the link), I can give you the Cliff’s Notes version right now. The trade from New England’s perspective