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Burch to DCU

The Marc Burch trade is now official. United acquired the former Maryland Terps forward from Columbus for a third-round pick in the 2008 supplemental draft. From all indications, Burch, 22, will join the club on a developmental contract, which means he will earn either $12,900 or $17,700 this season.

"We believe that his versatility will enable him to contribute to the team and look forward to his return to the area," technical director Dave Kasper said.

With the addition of Burch, United has filled all but one spot on its 28-man roster.

By Steve Goff  |  April 4, 2007; 3:14 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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When is he expected to return to the area?

Posted by: Ron | April 4, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey it's okay to NOT announce these embarrassing salaries, they are trying the be MAJOR League Soccer after all.

Posted by: hank | April 4, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Still planning on transitioning him to an outside back?

Steve you are such a tease, in the blog you promote the chat, in the chat you dodge the question to promote the articles (and of course promote the blog). My employer probably hates you by now. LOL

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | April 4, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Alright, welcome back.

Nice to have a Terp on DC United again after Dom got released.

BTW, Steve, I went to the Maryland vs. Crystal Palace USA B game at the Soccerplex last weekend, and Dom seems to have landed a spot with them. Any official word if he landed on his feet in USL, or was it just a trial?

Posted by: Colm | April 4, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This is actually a classy move by the Crew. They could have just gave the kid the boot, but instead found him a new home. As a developmental player, he seems worth the price.

Posted by: Kim | April 4, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

As to the salaries, it depends on if you consider it your career or a nice little hobby for a young 20-something. If you're on the 17.7K scale, you make about $700 a week for something that you love to be doing. It may not pay the bills, but put it together with a McJob and it's enough for beer and pizza, not to mention something cool to brag about when you're at a bar in Clarendon trying to find a nice honey. Perspective is everything!

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | April 4, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Roster spot #28 better be a DEF!!

Posted by: DE | April 4, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Hi. I play in the MLS"

With the level of public awareness, any one of us (guys) can use that line at a bar. It works as well as "my friend and I have a bet and I say you're wearing cherry-flavored lipstick."

Posted by: I-270 Exit 1 | April 4, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

So we have one senior roster spot left open that we can use to get a good, pedigree SI defender?

I can live with that.

Posted by: Jason | April 4, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

lets get conrad, i cant imagine that he enjoys living in kansas lol

Posted by: kfb | April 4, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's get Petke back. Where is he?

Posted by: Mike? Mike? | April 4, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Petke's in Colorado. Their defense relies pretty heavily on him, so I can't imagine they'd be willing to part with him.

Posted by: Goose | April 4, 2007 11:44 PM | Report abuse

In the recent tradition of bringing Mexican stars to MLS, DC should making a swooping move for Marquez...uh...I need to go take a shower for ten hours and brush my teeth with steel wool now.

Posted by: Hah! | April 5, 2007 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget the battery acid...

Posted by: Dave | April 5, 2007 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Hey Steven,
Any update on Gros?

Posted by: David | April 5, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Leesburg: Check your math -- 17.7k / 52 weeks is 340. And that's before taxes. On the bright side, I think Troy Perkins' old job might be available.

Posted by: RK | April 5, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Funny thing about this is that Burch whined the whole time he was in Columbus about the pay and he could not afford to live on that income, and did not want to be on a Dev. contract. What's he going to live on in DC - Cost a hell of a lot more over there than here and doubtful if he's put on the Senior Roster.

Posted by: DP | April 5, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

It's not for 52 weeks. It's for the length of the season. Add in the new win bonuses plus the camps they can run in and offseason, and they stand to make a decent amount if they put the effort in.

Posted by: Jason | April 5, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Does management have to fill out the 28-man roster by a certain date? Could we go through the season with an open spot, so we can fill it as/if needed, or do we have to sign someone or reclassify a player? I'm of the mind that we need more D, but if we develop more pressing needs later, it may be good to have an open spot.

Posted by: grotus | April 5, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse


He's from this area so he may have access to cheaper room and board. (i.e. parents, friends, etc.)

Posted by: vertualvice | April 5, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Whining is permissible from prima donna athletes in major sports who can't put food on the table for under $5M/year. Soccer players making $17K should shut up and be happy that someone will pay them to play a child's game. Or did I get it backwards?

Now that Freddy is gone, that NoVa BMW dealership has lost a spokesperson (he smashed up the car anyway). Maybe Burch can swing a deal with them (although it may involve washing and parking cars rather than advertising).

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse


He's not from Maryland. Went to Maryland 1 year. Attended Evansville 3 years - is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Parents still live in Cincinnati.

Posted by: dp | April 5, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I calculated salary based off half the year, based off preseason and season training. The other half the year you can work more hours doing something else to make up the money, since training isn't eating up so many hours. As Jason mentioned, the bonuses and camps all add to that, making it not a bad living for someone with a decent work ethic, who is young enough not to have many financial responsibilities. Honestly for most of the kids on the development contracts, they should make sure that the other half of their income is promising, because the potential for financial success coming off of a development contract is minimal. I honestly hope that we lose developmental players to the business world, for their sake.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | April 5, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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