MLS re-entry draft, part 2: the Re-Re-Entrying
It's a good thing that last week's round 1 of the re-entry draft wasn't covered on TV, because any network blocking off an hour of time would have ended up airing 55 minutes of Alf reruns. And the Alf reruns would have had more intrigue and drama than the draft; there were a total of two selections in the five-minute draft, both of them roster-depth-type guys.
One of those guys was Joseph Ngwenya, chosen first overall by D.C. United. Quick reaction: I'm underwhelmed. Ngwenya didn't even make my list of possible selections. He's not the impact striker that United need. Still, the more I look at this pick, the more I like it; Ngwenya is a good player, and at $75,000 in 2011, he's value for money. As long as United don't now consider themselves set at striker, I'm behind this move.
Wednesday is round 2, and there should be a lot more activity. In round 2, teams can renegotiate a player's salary subject to MLS' re-entry draft rules, which are about to easy to understand as your average rocket launch sequence. All of the big name, big money guys from round 1 were passed over, so United have options. Jimmy Conrad? Still on the board. Juan Pablo Angel? Empty dance card. Carey Talley? The tantalizing possibilities abound.
I really want United to take Conrad or Angel, and I'll be a bit surprised if they don't. But I can think of two reasons why they might not: Dejan Jakovic and Pablo Hernandez . Those guys would likely be displaced by the acquisition of Conrad or Angel, respectively, and both are on the books for substantial salaries in 2011. I'm pretty sure that Hernandez is only guaranteed money through mid-year, but still: can you afford to carry a third (or fourth?) striker in the mid-200s for half a year?
Some of United's other recent activity complicates the picture. They signed Maryland defender Ethan White to a homegrown contract (great move). They have the third pick in the upcoming draft. They're still negotiating with Adam Christman. The roster is filling up. Whatever United do in round 2 will have a huge impact on their moves going forward. But after 6-20-4 season that dispirited fans and raised the level of snark on this blog to Perez Hilton-esque levels, a huge impact is exactly what United need.
| December 15, 2010; 7:40 AM ET
Categories: Jeff Maurer, United | Tags: D.C. United, Jeff Maurer
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