Originally Posted by 72off
are you allowed to claim him then trade him?
Technically yes, but allocation spots are worth a lot so you don't usually see that in practice. I mean, Montreal is going to move to 19th in the Allocation Order now, so Fucito and Neagle need to be better for their team than any of the next 18 guys to come through the allocation process.
Montreal would've been better off trading for Seattle's allocation spot than taking Johnson and then trading him, in other words.
I mean, some people who (based on age and playing situation) could be coming through the allocation process in the near future:
and that ignores the "prior MLS players who left with a transfer fee" condition for players going through allocation (like Bakary Soumare, for instance)