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Jacobson Resurfaces

Midfielder Andrew Jacobson, D.C. United's first pick in last year's draft who bypassed MLS for Europe, is on trial at Danish club Esbjerg after overcoming a serious foot injury while with Lorient in France. United will keep his MLS rights until the end of this year.

Awaiting DCU news today, perhaps the formal announcement of Devon McTavish's new contract. We'll see.....

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2009; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Does United get anything out of keeping his rights? That doesn't count against the salary cap does it? What does it all mean?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 8, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't count against the salary cap because he is not under contract. It just means that if another MLS team wanted him, they would have to give DC something in return.

Posted by: DCUMD | January 8, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Flirting with Disaster" - on United's ongoing negotiations with Namoff.

(The King sang that song first, right?)

Posted by: joedoc1 | January 8, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

@Reignking: I heard you have an upcoming trial with a European club -- ICC, I believe?

Posted by: joedoc1 | January 8, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Off Topic: Was any one of you at PotBelly in Bethesda today and wearing a DC United scarf? I was going to compliment you on it, but you left before I could.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 8, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Does United get anything out of keeping his rights? That doesn't count against the salary cap does it? What does it all mean?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 8, 2009 1:21 PM
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Should Jacobson wish to return to MLS, United has the right of first refusal. If another MLS team wants Jacobson, they would have to compensate United for those rights through cash or trade. In the meantime, they cost DC nothing, and they do not count against the salary cap until/unless he is put on DC's payroll as a player.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | January 8, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I really don't get "PotBelly". They've got lousy, overpriced sandwiches -- bland fillings, and some weird facsimile of bread.

Is playing for a team at the bottom of the Danish table really a big step-up from United? Step up and offer this guy some $$.

Posted by: fischy | January 8, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

International Cricket Council?

Posted by: Reignking | January 8, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

So that wasn't you fischy?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 8, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

International Criminal Court.

I think fischy's last name is Sietsema.

No Red Robin today, I-270?

Posted by: joedoc1 | January 8, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

If Jacobson never signed a contract with MLS, how can any team have his rights? And how do they arbitrarily assign a length of time to keep them? So he could play for any USL team but he would have to play for one particular MLS team. How are there two sets of rules on player movement for one country.

Isn't there some sort of Curt Flood/Andy Messersmith case out there that could drive a truck through the hole of single entity/player free agency?

But where would I find such a man?

Why am I asking you?

Posted by: IamAM | January 8, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

MLS teams maintain exclusive "league" rights to a player they draft for two calendar years. So with Jacobson, who was chosen in 2008, DCU is his only option in MLS until Dec. 31, 2009. He is free to sign anywhere else in the world during that time, including USL. If another MLS team were interested during that time frame, DCU could trade his rights.

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 8, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I looked at the menu at PotBelly at Dulles, and left. It looked as exciting as Jimmy John's.

Posted by: Reignking | January 8, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

See Videira, Michael.

Posted by: Reignking | January 8, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Why even consider PotBelly when you could go to Roy's Place instead?

Posted by: Matte | January 8, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I for one think that Jacobson isn't better than Joe Vide, actually closer to the recently released Jeff Carroll in comparison to current overall skill. Its the potential that makes him appealing, but he is a project, IMO.

Posted by: BurchFan4 | January 8, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Goff,

Could you give us an injury update on Ben Olsen and tell us how Jaime Moreno is recovering from off-season surgery?

Thanks

Posted by: niknakdcu | January 8, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there some sort of Curt Flood/Andy Messersmith case out there that could drive a truck through the hole of single entity/player free agency?

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There's the Bosman ruling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosman_ruling) that changed the rules for teams to retain the rights to out-of-contract players. Before the Bosman ruling, transfer fees were still required to acquire players after their contracts expired.

The MLS Players Association tried to pierce the single-entity structure on claims of antitrust violations back in the late-90s and lost at every level. The initial jury trial was decided in favor of the league essentially because the jury found that the market for first division-caliber soccer players was international. Thus, the MLS had no ability to collude to drive salaries down or restrict player movement.

The single-entity structure sucks for the players...even if it is "legal."

Posted by: combedge | January 8, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Is it customary to present a named jersey to an unsigned player at a photo-op merely for a trial? Seems like a lot of fanfare for no guarantee...

Posted by: beergorila | January 8, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I have been writing and re-writing a pithy response using the words monopoly, antitrust, and Bosman, but I think it is best said after 13 years of this as "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."

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MLS teams maintain exclusive "league" rights to a player they draft for two calendar years. So with Jacobson, who was chosen in 2008, DCU is his only option in MLS until Dec. 31, 2009. He is free to sign anywhere else in the world during that time, including USL. If another MLS team were interested during that time frame, DCU could trade his rights.

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 8, 2009 3:57 PM

Posted by: IamAM | January 8, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

That is his Lorient picture.

Posted by: Reignking | January 8, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Why even consider PotBelly when you could go to Roy's Place instead?

Posted by: Matte | January 8, 2009 4:09 PM
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There's a Roy's place in Bethesda? Didn't have much time for lunch and it would take 60 minutes to read Roy's menu.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 8, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

73 days to the first game!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 8, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Honestly if you're flying out of Dulles Potbelly is easily cheaper and tastier than Burger King. You don't get screwed buying the "big beer" either.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 8, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

and thanks for the refresher on rights and what not fellas.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 8, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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