I wasn't aware of this fact on the switching of draft picks:
As a single-entity operation, M.L.S. had the luxury of engineering the swapping of the rights to Adu from Dallas, which held the first selection in its draft, to D.C. United, which is based close to Adu's home in Potomac, Md. ....
Ultimately, it was Adu's mother, Emelia, who insisted that her young son live at home, intimating that if the league did not agree, the family might accept a more lucrative deal from a European club.
Most of the rest of this story is well known, but check it out if earlier stories slipped under your radar. Freddy Adu, the 14 year old soccer phenom, plays in his MLS debut tomorrow (ABC TV, 4:30 ET).