Six blockbuster trades which shook up MLS

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MLS blockbusters are a rare but illustrious breed. Here are Paul Tenorio's six biggest deals of the modern era.

Modern MLS has not been much for trades.

The early days of the league saw big name players move all the time: Carlos Valderrama, Jorge Campos, Tony Meola, Raul Diaz Arce and Alexi Lalas. Since the early 2000s, however, the trade market has started to dry up.

The trade scene is likely complicated by the difficulty in lining up MLS teams’ many different situations under the league’s rules. Differing amounts of salary cap space, allocation money, targeted allocation money, designated players and international roster spots can make trades tricky.

That’s why Columbus Crew SC’s decision to send Kei Kamara to the New England Revolution early Thursday morning, just minutes before the close of MLS’s primary window, was such big news. It got us thinking: What are the biggest trades in MLS history?

First: Dismantling a dynasty.