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Winners and losers: How the transfer window went for all 20 MLS teams

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Philadelphia Union

Added: Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (signed from Nantes), forward Charlie Davies (trade from New England), General Allocation Money (trade from Colorado), 2018 3rd-round pick (trade from New England)

Sent: Sebastian Le Toux (traded to Colorado), General Allocation Money ($100K traded to Chicago; traded to New England), Targeted Allocation Money ($75K traded to Chicago; traded to New England), 2017 1st-round pick (traded to Chicago), 2018 1st round pick (traded to New England)

Analysis: The Union won the summer window. The Union, one of the surprises of the 2016 season, just got stronger and look like legit contenders. They did so by replacing a major loss, Vincent Nogueira, with a national-teamer who will add plenty on both the attacking and defensive end of the field. Bedoya’s work rate is such that the Union can plug him in at the No. 8 and know they will get the defensive coverage they want. He will also be the player on the ball as much as Nogueira was during his time in Philadelphia. The Union then also went out and got much needed depth at the target role, where they have depended mostly on C.J. Sapong. Davies will help right away and is a starting-quality forward who can help ease the punishment on Sapong in the final stretch of the year. The loss of Le Toux and a ton of allocation money and draft picks only hurts if these moves don’t work. This is Philadelphia announcing it is ready to contend this year.

Portland Timbers

Added: Defender Gbenga Arokoyo (signed, trade with NYCFC), defender Steven Taylor (signed from Newcastle), defender Vytautas Andriuskevicius (signed from SC Cambuur)

Sent: Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey (sold to Rosenborg), forward Dairon Asprilla (loaned to Millonarios), Targeted Allocation Money (traded to NYCFC), 2017 3rd-round pick (traded to NYCFC)

Analysis: Portland knew it needed defensive help, both centrally and on the left side, and that was before Nat Borchers was lost for the season. So what did the Timbers do in this window? They added three pieces to strengthen the back line, led by Taylor. If they can solidify the back line and Lucas Melano can continue to show a better comfort in the system, Portland may be able to steer the ship back on course and into the playoffs. It was a solid window for a team that identified its biggest areas of need and addressed them. Bigger-picture help can come after the season if more moves need to be made.

Real Salt Lake

Added: Forward Pedro Baez (loan from Cerro Porteno)

Sent: None

Analysis: Nothing huge out of Salt Lake City, except adding another attacking piece to the mix. Most would say RSL should have tried to add defensive depth, but GM Craig Waibel said the team is searching the free-agent wire to make a move or two after the window closes. It seems RSL isn’t done yet.

San Jose Earthquakes

Added: Midfielder Darwin Cerén (trade from Orlando), salary budget space

Sent: Matias Perez Garcia (traded to Orlando), international spot (traded to Orlando)

Analysis: We touched on this above, but this is a very solid move for San Jose, which adds a player that will help in both the short- and long-term. Cerén runs and runs and he’s much tougher than people realize. That might be his biggest negative, in fact, as he often gives away sloppy fouls at inopportune times. He’s good on the ball, however, and is on a good salary number for an MLS midfielder of his caliber on a long-term deal. MPG remains on the books this season, but his salary is offloaded next year and that opens up more room for San Jose to work.

Seattle Sounders

Added: Midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro (signed from Boca Juniors), forward Alvaro Fernandez (signed from Gimnasia)

Sent: None

Analysis: While the Union made the big deadline-day headlines, Lodeiro is probably the signing of the window. The Boca Juniors playmaker showed in his debut with Seattle that he’s plenty capable of being a difference-maker in this league, and the Sounders had their best performance of the season with him on the field. They’ll need that and much more from Lodeiro going forward, but this is another team that is undoubtedly stronger for the back portion of the season and will try to dig its way out of a very big hole in a very tough conference. Don’t forget Roman Torres rejoined training and when he steps into the lineup it’ll be like a new signing, as well,

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Sporting Kansas City

Added: Forward Cam Porter (trade from Montreal), defender Ever Alvarado (signed from CD Olimpia)

Sent: Defender Amadou Dia (traded to Montreal)

Analysis: A relatively quiet window from Sporting KC, which looked to add a bigger-name playmaker but wasn’t willing to shell out the big bucks at the standard set by the team listed above. Peter Vermes wasn’t happy about it, but he’s got a fairly solid squad that should still be able to contend for a playoff spot and he added some nice pieces to the roster. Porter has potential and Vermes could be the coach to unlock it.

Toronto FC

Added: Forward Tosaint Ricketts (signed from Boluspor Kulubu)

Sent: Damien Perquis (released)

Analysis: Toronto reportedly tried to make multiple moves, but the one that went through was adding Canadian Tosaint Ricketts, which essentially reinforces an attack that needed more goals. TFC has Jozy Altidore and Jordan Hamilton help, too, but Ricketts brings a different element to the lineup and makes TFC stronger. Will it be enough, or should Toronto have added some more midfield help?

Vancouver Whitecaps

Added: Forward Giles Barnes (trade from Houston), midfielder Alphonso Davies (signed homegrown), defender David Edgar (signed free agent), defender Marcel de Jong (signed free agent)

Sent: Forward Octavio Rivero (sold to Colo Colo), General Allocation Money (traded to Houston; traded to DCU for Fabian Espindola ,who was sold to Necaxa)

Analysis: The Whitecaps needed to make a move up top after selling Rivero and struggling to find a true goalscorer this season. Barnes gives them another option up top, and when he’s good he’s better than most realize. The Whitecaps also added some pieces that help shore up the defensive line with de Jong, who has stepped into the starting lineup, and Edgar, who will challenge for a starting job right away. They are all reinforcements that will be needed for Vancouver to stay above the red line.

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