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Mastroeni on the Move? United's Draft List

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Sources tell me that Colorado has discussed trading veteran midfielder-defender Pablo Mastroeni this offseason. The latest scenario, I'm told, has him going to expansion San Jose. More details as we learn them. However, with almost two months until training camps open, there is no urgency in completing a potential deal.

I can tell you with more certainty that, in the Jan. 18 draft in Baltimore, DCU has:

No first-rounders
One second-rounder (24th overall)
Two third-rounders
One fourth-rounder (52nd overall)

(Some of you had asked about United's status. The club provided this updated information today.)

By Steve Goff  |  December 6, 2007; 4:22 PM ET
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I tell ya, Pablo wouldn't be half bad wearing Black & Red as a defender. Unfortunately, I gotta think he'd be too expensive to justify having him play in something other than his best position (d-mid destroyer role, which Clyde has secured pretty well).

Posted by: jrnail | December 6, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

was thinking like jrnail but at 280K Pablo is too expensive. would probably make a great central defender.

Posted by: jmr | December 6, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

No no no on Pablo. He's getting older and slower, which means he's making more and more desperate tackles. He's going to miss half the season with card accumulation, and the other half will be spent angry and getting burnt.

Posted by: Logan Circle | December 6, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Mastroeni is still an above average starter in MLS, but he's a bit overpriced and only dependable for 20 starts a year (usually missing critical games). Likely an upgrade over Vide.

He's the last holdover left from before Clavijo, so it makes sense that he might be shopped around. If true, Clavijo letting Beckerman and Wasson go becomes even more questionable.

Yallop's doing ok so far. He has a couple critical decisions to make on brining in quality starting strikers.

Posted by: undrafted | December 6, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Logan Circle. We don't need a red card magnet, especially at that price.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | December 6, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

How long until Maestro's contract is up? Would it be possible to re-negotiate it? I think I would still say that he is better than most of the centerbacks in the league, and would do very well at san jose and a Pablo-Grabavoy pairing in the middle is not a bad center to build a midfield around.

Posted by: Exams are Hard | December 6, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we'll get lucky with the #24 pick in the crapshoot that is the MLS Superdraft. But looking at past drafts on MLS' website doesn't inspire too much confidence.

The only player selected at #24 who significantly helped the team that picked him has been Logan Pause. Marc Burch was also picked #24 but since LA gave up on him it's hard to say he benefited the Galaxy.

But every year other players have been selected lower than #24 who have gone on to benefit their teams at least somewhat.

Here's the #24 picks for each year (I'm counting the collegiate draft not the Superdraft in 1996 when they were separate):

1996 - Tampa Bay picked Nate Daligcon, defender from Seattle Pacific (Galaxy took Razov 3 picks later)

1997 - San Jose picked Chris McDonald, mf from San Francisco (Tampa Bay took Musa Shannon 4 picks later)

1998 - Columbus took Henrik Nebrilius, fw from Tampa (Galaxy took Matt Reis 2 picks later)

1999 - Dallas took Darren Warham, defender from Lynn (don't laugh DC took Jason Moore with the #1 pick; no one else who made much of an impact was picked soon after Warham altough KC did pick Brandon Prideaux in the Supplemental Draft later)

2000 - San Jose took Adrian Narine (no position or school listed; KC picked Kerry Zavagnin 6 picks later)

2001 - KC picked Andrew Gregor (Columbus picked Edson Buddle 3 picks later, Chicago picked Jim Curtin 2 picks after that)

2002 - DC picked Mike McGinty (LA picked Gavin Glinton with the next pick and then took Alejandro Moreno 2 picks later)

2003 - Chicago picked Logan Pause (no one picked lower has really made any more "impact")

2004 - DC United picked Kevin Ara (DC redeemed themselves somewhat by picking Josh Gros 10 picks later)

2005 - KC took Chris Sawyer, goalkeeper from Notre Dame (Chicago took Chris Rolfe 5 picks later)

2006 - LA picked Marc Burch, forward from Maryland. He didn't last long with LA but most of us think he was a pretty good pick. (Chivas USA picked Jonathan Bornstein 13 picks later)

2007 - DC picked Brad North, forward from Northwestern (Houston picked Cory Ashe 2 picks later).

The draft summaries are listed under each year on

Posted by: garbaggio | December 6, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Do you hear any whispers of when United may put out 2008 shirt?

Posted by: want new shirt | December 6, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

According to your own reporting, DC United are still owed a 2nd (or 1st) round draft pick from LA for the Quaranta trade. Any word on that? Or has the league simply relieved LA of their responsibility to complete the trade? Please answer Goff!

Posted by: MFF | December 6, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse


What you're saying is that we should trade the 24th pick for 26th-28th. :-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | December 6, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

p.s. Since that idiot Lalas traded away all of LA's 2nd round picks, LA should have to give DC their 1st rounder.

(Sorry, sorry. I was thinking logically. This is MLS after all. We'll probably get a signed Beckham jersey to complete the trade.)

Seriously though, how can LA get out of their trade obligations? They owe DC either a 1st or 2nd round pick. They trade all their 2nd round picks to other teams. In any reasonable world, that should mean they have to hand over a 1st rounder. Yes, I'm pissed because I hate the Galaxy and it looks like their getting away with one here.

Posted by: MFF | December 6, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

We also have a pick coming from RSL from the Adu trade.

Posted by: Jason | December 6, 2007 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm just passing along what the team has told me.

The Adu draft pick is in 2009, I believe.

Posted by: Goff | December 6, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Didn't we get a 1st or 2nd draft pick (plus allocation $) for Quaranta? Perhaps it is a 2009 pick.

Posted by: Eric Z | December 6, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

What are the current draft age rules? Can United pick up this kid from the U-17 and U-20 cliubs, Charles Renken? He'll make everyone forget Freddy Adu in very short order -- may not have Freddy's flash and speed, but he's got size, toughness, and a shot that Freddy didn't have at that age. Oh - he turns 14 later this month.

He looked fantastic today against the Russian U-17 squad, but so did Stefan Jerome, who scored a nice goal and later on showed one of the cockiest juggling acts, followed by one of the niftiest moves you will ever see, at any level. For a few seconds, it was as if Curly Neal of Harlem Globetrotters fame was playing a soccer game.

Love to see both of these players join MLS sides.

Posted by: FischFry | December 7, 2007 12:34 AM | Report abuse

not that "we're" trading for mastroeni, but...

he's nowhere's nearly as likely to tally the same number of red cards at center back as he picked up at d mid.... simply a matter of positioning.

the cap figure isn't worth it as it stands, but if DC can pick him up at a discount, why the hell not. better experience, and while the speed may be equal, theres no way he doesnt have a better positional sense than Vanney.

not that it will happen, just sying...

Posted by: d, dc | December 7, 2007 1:13 AM | Report abuse

D.C. has made an offer to colorado for Mastroeni that I think they can't refuse
wait for few days.......(3 for 1)

Posted by: Mario Kempes | December 7, 2007 3:09 AM | Report abuse

My God, how much worse is it going to get in Colorado?

Clavijo has to be the worst coach in the league and everybody wants out. Now it's Mastro's turn.

It's still stunning that after investing all that money in a new stadium, Kroenke wants to keep filling it with crap.

Posted by: Shmenge | December 7, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Pumas 0 - 0 Atlante

So the final goes back to Cancun on Sunday. Even better Atlante played their very first game in Cancun this season against Pumas.

Good chance we could be seeing DC playing Atlante in one of these tournaments next year. An away trip to Cancun doesn't sound bad at all!

Posted by: Southeasterner | December 7, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

If there were anything to your Pablo to United rumor, Goff would have had the scoop.

The only 3 players on United I'd trade for Pablo would be Vanney, Moose, and maybe Jeff Carrol. A move like that would kill our depth, a 3 for 1 trade for Pablo?

Not happening.

Posted by: AlecW81 | December 7, 2007 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Maybe 3 for 2? I miss Facundo.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

All DC WANT IS VERON!!!! bring VERON!!!

Posted by: Kelvin Loyola | December 7, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

3 for 1? I could see Vanney (assuming he's not re-signed), Nolly, and maybe DeRoux being moved for that, although I would agree it would kill our depth. DC could do something crazy and offer Gomez knowing that he's unlikely to sign with the league anyway. Offer his rights, and you could get a few takers, even if he decides to bolt the league anyway.

Posted by: Jason | December 7, 2007 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Why pay that much for a guy who's never won anything. I've rarely seen a game turned on Mastroeni's efforts, If it's veteran leadership they're after, find someone else.

Posted by: Drewb | December 8, 2007 3:49 AM | Report abuse

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