2014 Season Review - DC United - Major League Soccer
NOTE: I did not make any transfers prior to May.
As you may (or may not) know, MLS deal with transfers a bit differently from European clubs where trades/part-exchanges are quite common. Now, acquiring money from this method maybe a bit confusing, as how you may value a specific player will be different on how the club you're trying to trade with values its own player and the player/allocation money/draft pick(s) you're willing to give up. In a trade, mainly you try to work out what's best for both clubs. They might have a need and you just happen to have a surplus of a particular asset, whether it's extra money, draft picks, or players that you think will be expendable. Sometimes you don't want to necessarily give up the player but every now and then, to get something you really want, you have to trade away an asset you believe is important. Whether you want to give up what your trading partner wants is up to you, but no player is really untouchable. It just depends if the price you want is met.
Enough about my long winded explanation about the MLS transfer system, let's go the signings/trades!
May 15: Signed Kevin Acosta on a free transfer. The 2012 Superdraft 2nd round pick by Columbus played sparingly for the club before moving to Norway with Viking, where he played mostly with Viking 2. He came back to MLS, signing with Seattle, but was waived before the season before I picked him out. A great signing.
May 17: Traded Eric Avila to Portland for $150k allocation money. We had a lot of wingers, and when I joined he didn't seem to fit in.
May 29: Traded Irakli Modebadze and $150k in allocation money to Real Salt Lake for Alfredo Morales - We traded another high priced winger for a versatile defender who is relatively inexpensive.
June 4: Signed Sean Johnson who took over from Bill Hamid as the starting keeper at the club, although they rotated throughout the season. This move made me trade keeper Joe Orozco to the LA Galaxy for their 2016 3rd Round Pick in the MLS Superdraft.
July 13: Signed Mikkel Diskerud on a free transfer. My second Designated Player (at that time) was someone I thought was good enough to earn a DP salary, and he was an American as a bonus. I'm very hesitant on signing a DP but he was a solid choice compared to the other American free agents from Europe who were looking at MLS (one of them was Danny Williams iirc). And he also fit a need as a centre mid.
July 13: Traded Matt Besler to the LA Galaxy for $900k in allocation money. He was one of my better defenders, but I couldn't turn down $900k.
July 15: Signed Magnifique Manzangala on a free transfer. The former Chelsea youth trialed at the club for a couple weeks before I offered a contract and he accepted it. He's a decent player who helped out when I had some injuries.
July 16: Traded Eduardo Ratinho to the LA Galaxy for Jeremiah White. Skill wise, yes I got robbed, but I only made this trade as a salary relief. Ratinho isn't worth paying $3.1 million a season which doesn't expire till 2015, and White is an expiring contract making league minimum.
July 17: Signed Chris Rolfe on a free transfer. He was only a depth signing, which at the time was for the recently departed Ratinho. He doesn't have a future at the club and I'm not sure if he will on the regular season roster in 2015.
July 26: Traded Justin Morrow to San Jose for a 2016 Superdraft 2nd Round Pick (San Jose) - Another fringe player and I was happy to receive a future pick for him.
August 13: Traded 2015 Supplemental Draft 2nd Round Pick and 3rd Round Pick (DC United) to Houston for Shavar Thomas - he was acquired because of the long term injury to right back Marvell Wynne. I'm willing to resign him at the right price, but he's already 33.
August 29: Sold Nicolas Martinez to Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) for $1 million. Fantastic to have received 7 figures for this player considering I only played him a handful of times, even though technically MLS took 33% of the transfer money...
September 12: Waived Danilo. Never played him, didn't really know he was on the team till I decided to waive him...
September 14: Traded Hector Orozco to Chivas USA for $1.5 million allocation money and a 2014 Superdraft 1st Round Pick (DC United) - I couldn't turn this down considering I wasn't playing Orozco that much. I re-acquire the 1st rounder we traded to Chivas USA in an earlier transaction and we get a cool $1.5 million (although only $600k could be used for allocation funds). Chivas USA were pestering me about acquiring him and I just kept raising the price but they kept bidding! I probably could have gotten more than what I asked but September 15 was the MLS trade deadline.
September 15: Traded $550k in allocation money to Philadelphia for Paul Caldwell. We used a portion of the money we got for Orozco to sign another defender, and then immediately signed him to a long term contract. No more moves between MLS clubs until the off-season after the MLS Cup.
November 1: Signed Brice Korta on a free transfer from the Minnesota Stars. I signed when he had 6 months remaining on his contract and he looks like he could be a very good player. In the the US Open Cup Final, he played against Rafael Martins and held his ground against him. I got high hopes for him!
2015 MLS Superdraft:
Chivas USA's 1st Round Pick (1st Overall)
Sporting KC's 1st Round Pick (7th Overall)
DC United's 1st Round Pick (17th Overall)
DC United's 2nd Round Pick (35th Overall)
2015 MLS Supplemental Draft:
DC United's 1st Round Pick
I don't have much expectation, I will take the Best Player Available (BPA). We need overall depth and that's what I will try to accomplish in the draft.