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Posted at 2:16 PM ET, 12/15/2010

D.C. United selects veteran forward Josh Wolff with first pick in MLS re-entry draft

By Steve Goff

D.C. United claimed former U.S. national team forward Josh Wolff with the first overall pick in the second stage of the MLS re-entry draft Wednesday.

He signed a one-year contract with a club-held option in 2012, United General Manager Dave Kasper said. Although terms were not disclosed, Wolff, who will be 34 in February, had to accept a salary cut after earning $220,000 with Kansas City this year.

He was with the Chicago Fire from 1998 to 2002, spent four years with Kansas City and played for 1860 Munich in Germany for 1 1/2 seasons before returning to the Wizards in 2008. This year, he had two goals and three assists in 25 league appearances (16 starts). In 2009, he scored a career-high 11 goals.

"He fits our style, he's intelligent and he has the leadership qualities that will benefit our younger players," Kasper said. "It's a solid fit."

With the U.S. national team, Wolff made 52 appearances and played in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cup as a substitute. According to Kasper, United approached Wolff following last week's first stage of the re-entry process, when only two players were selected, and began negotiations.

Despite this signing, it's "very possible" that United will acquire another experienced forward before training camp opens next month, Kasper said. The club is also in the market for a central defender.

For more draft details, including Juan Pablo Angel's possible destination.....

"Josh is a guy that I spent many years with at various levels of the U.S. national team," United Coach Ben Olsen said. "As a player and as a person, Josh is someone who will help us. He has been around this league and he knows what it takes to be a professional."

D.C. United: Josh Wolff (Kansas City)
Chivas USA: Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City)
New England Revolution: Ryan Cochrane (Houston)
L.A. Galaxy: Juan Pablo Angel (New York)
Chicago Fire: Cory Gibbs (New England)
Sporting KC: Frankie Hejduk (Columbus)
Seattle Sounders: Chris Seitz (Philadelphia)
Columbus Crew: Jeff Cunningham (Dallas)
L.A. Galaxy: Luke Sassano (New York)
Colorado Rapids: Tyrone Marshall (Seattle)
New England Revolution: Fred (Philadelphia)

Of note: The Galaxy acquired Houston's pick and selected Angel, who earned $1.9 million this year. ... By selecting a player, the club owns his MLS rights. Teams still must negotiate a new salary within seven days in order to add the player to the roster. Trades are also possible. ... The 21 players not selected today are free to sign with any club.

UPDATE: The Galaxy acquired Hejduk from Kansas City for Sassano, and traded promising attacker Tristan Bowen to Chivas USA for allocation money. If Bowen is eventually transferred abroad, the clubs would split the transfer fee revenue. ... Seattle traded Seitz to Dallas for a 2012 fourth-round draft pick.

By Steve Goff  | December 15, 2010; 2:16 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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sigh...

Posted by: joe_hill | December 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

According to MLS's FB page: "Juan Pablo Angel & Luke Sassano move from New York to LA, Fred goes to New England, Jimmy Conrad to Chivas USA among the selections."

Posted by: nairbsod | December 15, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Excellent, at least we now go 3 deep at the forwards who don't score goals position. Now if we can move on to the center backs who don't defend...

Posted by: SpikeFC | December 15, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

i guess they think that Ethan White can step right in and play in central defense? or something? i don't mind Wolff but he's not putting this team into contention. and Angel to LA? will there still be room for Ronaldinho?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | December 15, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I've seen poor decisions, and then I've seen DCU pick Wolff. At least there can be a wolf shirt in dc colors with his face on it 3 times

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | December 15, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Not a fan of this move at all. I don't think Wolff has the quality to really help us.

I can't believe we took Wolff over Conrad; they're the same age (33), were due similar salaries in 2011 (200+), and Wolff, unlike Conrad, has always depended on speed as his primary attribute. That's going to fade with age. Plus Conrad is just a better soccer player. You can't pair Wolff with Hernandez because that gives us absolutely no aerial presence, and gives us a front line of two non-scoring strikers. This is a lousy move.

Posted by: JeffMaurer | December 15, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, this seems like a sentimental pick from Olsen. Wolff is past it and although this may add depth, we need starters and contributors from the first day of the season.

Weak pick....very weak...

Posted by: dafzal | December 15, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Wolff's arrival could be bigger than Emilio's return.

Or maybe not.

More interesting stuff from other teams in this re-entry draft:

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/wolff-angel-selected-re-entry-stage-2-draft

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 15, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

JPA to the Galaxy? did anyone see that coming? no GBS anywhere?

I do not like the Wolff pick at all. as jeffmaurer said, hes a speed guy, and hes lost that ability.

I do like that Fred will continue to be a turnover machine for another easter conf rival.

Posted by: VTUnited | December 15, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Someone on the mlssoccer site made a good point by noticing that Houston gave their pick to LA seemingly for nothing. Same majority owners, but one team gets the good Christmas presents and the other gets to resign Ashe and Robinson

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | December 15, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Do not like this pick at all...who exactly is going to score for DC this upcoming year from the forward position. Hernandez looked horrible last year, especially when considering his price tag and Wolff doesn't add anything else. Are we resting all of our goal scoring hopes on Pontius returning to form?

Posted by: jerrinna | December 15, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I may be a lone voice here, but I think this was a good pick. Maybe, I'd prefer Conrad, but Wolff will add quality to the front-line...and that's where DC is the weakest. He's not a long-term solution at striker, but that should come in the Superdraft. If DC can push the attack better than KC, I would expect at least half a dozen goals out of Wolff (which would be an improvement over the 2010 strikers), but I will hope for more.

Posted by: fischy | December 15, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Same majority owners, but one team gets the good Christmas presents and the other gets to resign Ashe and Robinson

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | December 15, 2010 2:38 PM |

one team is the "jewel of MLS" and the other is the San Jose Clash in better uniforms.

Posted by: VTUnited | December 15, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Conrad wanted more money than we were willing to offer for value and Wolff accepted the larger take home hit? It's not like Ben had a gagillion dollars and said to himself "hmm, yeah I like Wolff better than Angel, because we're BFFs and all). Sometimes you buy what you can afford. While not a sexy pick-up, it's not as bad as people are making it out to be. It's a lift from last season, at least, right?

I'm guessing Angel to LA means the Dinho lovey-dovey is off. Dude took too long on the pot, I suppose.

Posted by: Kosh2 | December 15, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Im guessing it was a business pick rather than a club pick...

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 15, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Here's what Jozy Altidore and I have in common: we're both watching the Villareal match.

The difference is, he's actually in the match and has a much better view...

Posted by: JkR- | December 15, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

This is laughable. We gain nothing from this. Three goals and two assists in 25 appearances? Yeah, that sounds about right.

This is so infuriating. Is it really possible that Olsen saw his old friend sitting on the bench and felt sorry for him? Cuz that's the only rationale I can glean for this stupidity. I am pissed.

We don't need someone who's been around the league, especially forwards. We need someone who has accomplished something since 2004.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | December 15, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

fischy, true, Wolff was not a bad signing for DC. But noone would have picked him first round, and DCU easily could have gotten him second while grabbing the rights to JPA and trading them to the highest bidder

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | December 15, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

what's the deal with Schelletto? Won't take a pay cut? Won't leave C-bus?

Posted by: DrewROC | December 15, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

We so obviously need a reliable goal-scorer -- I'm really surprised that we passed on Angel.

Can we assume from this that there are other prospects in the works? Since the theme of the year seems to be building a young team with a smattering of veteran tutors, are we counting on the draft for a striker? Or maybe there's a foreign prospect?

Posted by: -rke- | December 15, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I doin't like the Wolff choice but if he was chosen over Angel, then I can't argue with that. At least Wolff won't cost a quasi-DP salary while doing nothing as Angel would.

Posted by: Ron16 | December 15, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Same majority owners, but one team gets the good Christmas presents and the other gets to resign Ashe and Robinson

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | December 15, 2010 2:38 PM |

one team is the "jewel of MLS" and the other is the San Jose Clash in better uniforms.

Posted by: VTUnited | December 15, 2010 2:41 PM |

I really should have gone with "gets Ashe in their stocking"

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | December 15, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to reserve judgment on this until I know two more pieces of information.

1) How much are we going to pay Wolff? Is is in the 150-180K range, or is it in the 80-100K range.

2) What are the expectations on him, and when will he play.

If we got him for 80K and he was brought in to fill the late-game subtitute role (and only occasionally start), I think this was a fantastic pick.

If we got him for only slightly under his asking price, and the expecation is for him to start every game, well then I'm far more skeptical.

Posted by: isaac101 | December 15, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

@Tenorio -- Since Houston got a 4th round Superdraft pick for the slot LA used on Angel, I'd say there wasn't a lot of trade value in taking Angel. Since there isn't a 2nd rd to this Re-entry draft, taking Wolff was the only way to lock-up his rights. I could be wrong, but I think y'all will be cheering when he lights up the net this year. Not the second coming of Emilio, but better than Emilio's second coming.

Posted by: fischy | December 15, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

@ fischy- How exactly will Wolff add quality? He's never had any quality other than speed and a compact frame. He was successful when he had them, even at the national team level. He had an impact even into the 2004 Playoffs, we all remember how that turned out. But he is not a finisher. He was at best a supporting player last season (three goals).

He is no solution. Hell, he's not even a prospect.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | December 15, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

fischy, there was a second round. That's where Fred got taken by New England. I'm not upset DC signed him, just wanting the best from front end decisions.

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | December 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm underwhelmed by this pick. I agree that we could have gotten Wolff in the 2nd round.

First, the positives...even having lost a step, Wolf is probably faster than anyone else on our frontline right now. He's no longer a speed merchant but we really are that slow. Second, he is a good finisher. He didn't score a lot of goals b/c he wasn't put in a position to score them. He typically doesn't plan in a finisher/striker role b/c he's not strong in the air. But with that caveat, he's actually not bad in the box. And he's superb off the ball, very smart runs.

Those positive noted, I can't believe he's being viewed as the solution to our "clinical finisher" need. So that means he's competing with Hernandez at withdrawn forward along with probably Pontius and Ngwenya.

I have to believe that this was made out of finances--that the team concluded no-one in this bunch was worth 6 figures or more (or certainly not $200k or more) and that was what many of them (Angel, etc.) were demanding. So we took a guy who gives us an upgrade that was affordable. But we are still looking at filling our two critical needs: a central defender who's an organizer and leader, and a clinical finisher.

While I was pushing for Conrad and/or Angel, I can understand if the evaluations were either than both were too injury-prone at this point OR not "value" (ie: good players but they were demanding too much money). But if Wolff is making $150k or more, I'm going to be pissed. B/c while he's an upgrade, he's not much of an upgrade for this team. And I don't believe he fills either of our two critical needs (def. organizer, clinical finisher).

Posted by: JoeW1 | December 15, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

This is the FO's last straw. If Ngenwya and Wolff fail to score as expected, then surely Kasper and Payne must go for approving these deals. I'm not going to blame the players because most of us here know what they can/can't do already. There are no excuses after this.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | December 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Vanney 2.0

Posted by: Logan_Circle | December 15, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Talley 2.0

Posted by: Logan_Circle | December 15, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

So what happens to all the other guys that were on this list, but weren't picked in either round? Or did I miss that somewhere?

Posted by: FulhamDC | December 15, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I am going with fischy on this in what is apparently the contrarian camp . . . I like it . . . Olsen is shedding low soccer IQ and serial mental mistakes, and picking up higher soccer IQ, speed of thought, and moxie, if not size. On paper, I'm increasingly intrigued by the prospect of Benny Ball.

Who takes free kicks in LA now?

Posted by: OWNTF | December 15, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Part 1 of my "gift" list to the Insider regulars in 2010. As was the case last year (and the year before) I'm sure I left some people out. But unlike the federal government, there is a limit to my giving. Here goes (with thanks to I-270, BaRRD and OWNTF for their contributions):

Washington Freedom fans: a league in 2011

Reignking: dinner with Chuck Finley, and a copy of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style”

Dadryan: U2 CDs, a Sounders jersey, and a third United jersey

fischy: a tax increase and a dinner date with Sarah Palin

seahawkdad: An autographed Mia Hamm jersey

IamAM: Green eggs and ham

Qatar: Yeah, right

Juan-John: Every soccer book ever written… but on your Ipad

Pigmansweet1: Jamil Walker’s speed

gocaps2: Ethan White on a homegrown contract

BolivianDCFan: Your seat at RFK when the stadium is eventually torn down

UnitedDemon: Sardokie AND Salgado

VamosUnited: a playoff run!

Modibo: a USMNT win in Azteca

22206no1: you already have America’s best zip code. What more do you need?

9Nine9: the wisdom not to teach your wife the butt bounce trick

Jayrockers: As always, our eternal and gracious thx!

Rockotodd: Chuck Norris pajamas

teo_68: More college teams that play like Akron

Smitty68: continued restricted development (except for a stadium)

Joel_M_Lane: The bank name, and account number, for Jack Warner,

Yankiboy: a starring role in “The Wire: The Movie”

JoeW1: Benny’s ear, and a good outside back on your men’s team

VirginiaBlueBlood: a tunnel under Maryland that spits you out in Pennsylvania

JacobfromAtlanta-ish: Two tickets to Frankfrut next summer

Kev29: triplets

VTUnited: safe travels up Rte. 29

lrg1231: autographed Steve Earle CD

christopher_a_metzler: defending Abby Wambach during corner kick practice

DCUSince96: autographed Mourinho scarf

fallschurch1: Barack’s re-election

b18bolo: dinner with Pia Sundhage

Curious99: a digital clock counting down the time to United’s first game

Ruthie1: a Kabukie play

Soccerman: a subscription to Denmark’s version of TV Guide

Hateisnotafamilyvalue: “Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future,” by Dr. James Dobson

GeneWells: A police scanner, the Park Police report from the Charlie Davies crash, complete with accident scene photos, copies of the insurance claim forms, the medical reports, videos of the surgeries, and lifetime subscriptions to the National Enquirer, Star, and People magazines

universityandpark: A soccer-specific bar somewhere between Frederick and Harrisburg so he won’t miss a match on his trips home.

Mastodon Juan: a lump of coal. You already got a stadium

Matte: dinner with Will Chang

Dougmacintyre: faith in Pia

troy6 - the highly coveted post of Ambassador to UEFA

JkR – a dozen eggs and a package of Bird’s Custard mix

TenoriosLaptop: Running the “beep” test with Kristine Lilly

teo_68: First defender pressure, second defender cover

YesMomStillPlaying: Autographed John Prine guitar

(continued)

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 15, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Part II:

BaltoFan: A tat of Santino on your right arm

DCUSince96: United’s return to their form in 1996

Delantero: Amtrak tickets to attend the Red Bulls home opener in 2011

Miles_Standish_Proud: Season tickets to the Black Cat

Fedssocr: A Vancouver Whitecaps jersey

Benonthehill: Clint Mathis’ Mohawk

Godfather_of_Goals, euroman and dsheon1: lunch with Kevin Payne

BurchFan4: Lunch with Marc

PrinceBuster21: A weekend stay at the Akron Comfort Inn. Free breakfast included.

Ron16: Santino Quaranta replica tattoos

alecw81: A week of preseason training with Cirovski’s Maryland team in 2011

UniversityandPark: A mobile TV device and a case of Dogfish so that he will never, ever have trouble finding a sports bar

Combedge: You, David Stokes, and a cage match.

jake77: more homegrown players, but no homegrown terrorists

Dimesmakedollars: remaining “the top jolly” at the office

Zipfutbol: another title

I-270: A babes of the USWNT calendar, and another year of living strong

BaRRD: The 2011 FIFA calendar of shirtless goal celebrations.

OWNTF: For Sonia to change her mind and return to the Freedom

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 15, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

You know spies...and that Chuck Finley has a 2-hour prequel coming out this spring.

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"He fits our style, he's intelligent and he has the leadership qualities that will benefit our younger players," Kasper said.

How does intelligence fit with this club, exactly?

Posted by: Reignking | December 15, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Everybody complaining that Wolff is not DCU's "solution" are, IMHO, confused. First, this was a draft of players who were not going to be played by the clubs that currently own their rights. In other words, there were no "solutions" here -- just guys willing to take pay cuts to extend their careers. Second, DCU is in such bad shape, no one guy is going to be the solution. We need a change in attitude and a lot of building blocks. Olsen thinks that Wolff brings professionalism (if we are to take his comments at face value). In other words, Wolff is here as much to shape the culture of the squad as to score goals.

Posted by: glfrazier | December 15, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

GBS is now a free agent...

Posted by: Reignking | December 15, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

lol @ Rand-al-Thor

The fact that Wolff is 34 makes me feel old.

Posted by: rockotodd | December 15, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm finding myself swayed by the more positive comments here. All the talk of Angel/Conrad set the wrong expectations, and to be honest, I don't know Wolff well enough to judge.

Overall, I've been very happy with the off-season so far: building on youth, adding grit, and keeping the budget tight.

With a few players back from injury and the addition of White (at least by reputation) the defense is looking much better. McCarty to midfield, again with help from the infirmary, makes for a big improvement, and a couple speedier additions to the attack could only help.

The draft looks very promising, and there is still a lot of time (and room) for major moves. I still expect that we'll see an exciting offensive addition at some point -- either by trade or foreign signing -- but perhaps not until mid-season.

Overall, we're shaping up into what looks like Benny's three-year roadmap to the Cup.

Posted by: -rke- | December 15, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Thor! Good health for you and all your players in 2011.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 15, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Rand-al-Thor, you forgot our host.

For Goff, haivng to write front-page stories about United signing Lionel Messi and the new stadium deal while on your way to a John Prine/Mark Knopfler double- header at the Birchmere.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | December 15, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm STILL not one of Joe Doc's "beautiful people," BUT I will be in Hawaii in 13 days!

Posted by: dcarmy | December 15, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

if we're not spending a lot of money on him this may not be a terrible pick.

I'm not convinced Conrad is really very good anymore so no big loss on not getting him as far as I am concerned.

I expect he might be a sub and not a starter. I think we'll be seeing Hernandez and Ngwenya or maybe Pontius unless we decide that he's better as a midfielder. Of course as long as we're stuck with captain Tino I suppose they'll play him instead.

Kasper says we're still going after a veteran central defender. We know how well that has worked out recently...

Posted by: fedssocr | December 15, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

dcarmy, how can I forget you?! You are among my cherished few... but my notekeeping stinks. My apologies!

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 15, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

@ Rand-al-Thor - THANKS, MAN! Can I get a 10-year subscription? I also think Qatar ought to pay all of us $1 million each not to make a stink for the next 12 years.

As for Wolfe, I think it's a "Best Value" pick...probably the best experienced attacking player at the money Chang was willing to spend. Could work out well for 1-2 seasons.

Posted by: soccerman | December 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Everybody complaining that Wolff is not DCU's "solution" are, IMHO, confused. First, this was a draft of players who were not going to be played by the clubs that currently own their rights. In other words, there were no "solutions" here -- just guys willing to take pay cuts to extend their careers. Second, DCU is in such bad shape, no one guy is going to be the solution. We need a change in attitude and a lot of building blocks. Olsen thinks that Wolff brings professionalism (if we are to take his comments at face value). In other words, Wolff is here as much to shape the culture of the squad as to score goals.

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Goodness the first person to get it. I have no idea how JPA or GBS were going to be some awesome additions. Oh yeah Conrad or Gibbs were great ones too, NOT.

Posted by: francisco_11 | December 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This is terribly juvenille but my eyes keep seeing a different word in place of "pick" (add the letter r). I keep giggling here at my desk.

Posted by: DCB23 | December 15, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This is terribly juvenille but my eyes keep seeing a different word in place of "pick" (add the letter r). I keep giggling here at my desk.

Posted by: DCB23 | December 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Bringing in JPA would have been weak. So would pinning to much hope on another ancient defender. Wolff has got to be faster and fitter than Jaime, Mick Dundee, and Albright. He's also the type of glue the locker room will need in the rebuilding this next season. Hernandez has till July to get his act together or we'll be looking for more fire power.

Others have said it already, it's not all about Wolff scoring tons of goals. It's probably got to do with Olsen bringing in someone he can trust to tow the line and rally the troops. At his pay rate it's not a bad thing. I think Wolff is a dude who will fit in well with the guys and help get the chemistry of the team heading in the right direction. Plenty of youth needing some veteran leadership moving forward.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I seem to have fallen off the list this year...guess I'm gonna have to work harder next year!

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Yay, I made Rand-al-Thor's list this year! But if at all possible, I'd like to trade presents with modibo, JoeW1, YesMomStillPlaying, DCUSince96, or Miles_Standish_Proud, SVP.

Actually, I figure we all want DCUSince96's present.

Re: Wolff, it all depends on the salary. Obviously with his numbers he's not a solution to our offensive woes -- nobody in the re-entry draft was likely to be. But if the markdown from the 220k he made last year only brings him to the 160k-200k range, then this was a bad move, because it eats up a huge chunk of change that would have gone towards actually solving our offensive woes.

OTOH, if he's at something under 140k, that's not bad at all. But given that he made 220k last year, it's hard to imagine him going for that so easily.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | December 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

rke, that sounds like a post from last year.

Posted by: Reignking | December 15, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@ Rand-al-Thor - THANKS, MAN! Can I get a 10-year subscription? I also think Qatar ought to pay all of us $1 million each not to make a stink for the next 12 years.

As for Wolfe, I think it's a "Best Value" pick...probably the best experienced attacking player at the money Chang was willing to spend. Could work out well for 1-2 seasons.

Posted by: soccerman | December 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

OTOH, if he's at something under 140k, that's not bad at all. But given that he made 220k last year, it's hard to imagine him going for that so easily.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | December 15, 2010 4:37 PM

It's not that hard to imagine. Given that Wolff is 34 and had a couple unproductive years, it's easy to see a scenario where he chooses to sign a $90K contract with some incentives that DC has on the table and get paid another year rather than test the free agent waters, get no interest, and end up making $0.

On the other hand, a DC team overpaying for an aging, injury-prone player would surprise pretty much nobody...

Posted by: Kenobi | December 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

OTOH, if he's at something under 140k, that's not bad at all. But given that he made 220k last year, it's hard to imagine him going for that so easily.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | December 15, 2010 4:37 PM

It's not that hard to imagine. Given that Wolff is 34 and had a couple unproductive years, it's easy to see a scenario where he chooses to sign a $90K contract with some incentives that DC has on the table and get paid another year rather than test the free agent waters, get no interest, and end up making $0.

On the other hand, a DC team overpaying for an aging, injury-prone player would surprise pretty much nobody...

Posted by: Kenobi | December 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

DCUSince96: United’s return to their form in 1996

Thanks for the gift. I'm counting on your coming thru.

As for Wolff, my reaction is with those who say, it depends on the price. Olsen (and Kasper for that matter) are no doubt dealing with an owner who has made no commitments about spending big, so they have to get what they can get with what they can afford to spend.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | December 15, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I think Kenobi is spot on. What options does a guy like Wolff really have? He's not bargaining from a strong position at all. So I am guessing we are paying him less than half what he made last year with incentives in case he actually scores some goals.

I did laugh out loud when I saw JPA to LA.

Posted by: fedssocr | December 15, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

This news makes me hungry to see all the goals next year at RFK.

Hungry like the Wolff.

Posted by: getanewnumber10 | December 15, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

If Wolff is a leader in the locker room that would be a good thing. He is obviously long in the tooth, and at the right price will help in leadership. All of these we are severely lacking. We def. need more character and heart and Josh has that in spades. I guess it depends on the price. We will see next year. Cheers!

Posted by: DCUmaniacsX2 | December 15, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Rand!

Does anyone happen to know Jack Warner's Mom's maiden name?

And who could have imagined he did his banking in Switzerland of all places? Must like cold weather!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 15, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Given that Wolff is 34 and had a couple unproductive years
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In 2009, he would have been DC United's leading scorer.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 15, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Chivas USA also traded for Tristan Bowen.

Posted by: dcarmy | December 15, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

fischy, true, Wolff was not a bad signing for DC. But noone would have picked him first round, and DCU easily could have gotten him second while grabbing the rights to JPA and trading them to the highest bidder

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop
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We can't know that either of these things are true because we don't know what Wolff's or JPA's salary demands were.

If, for example, word was out that Wolff's was looking for very modest $ while JPA wouldn't sign in MLS for less than $1M/year (just making # that up, btw) then your scenario wouldn't work (because DCU picks JPA, can't sign him and gets nothing). LAG probably knows what JPA wants and they have the deep pockets to do it.

DCU does not.

I know this is a blog comment and all so this almost goes against the rules requiring instant, strong opinions, but I'll reserve judgment on the Wolff pick until (1) we hear what he's being paid, and (2) we see if he can provide something like his 2009 production (11 goals, I think).

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | December 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

PrinceBuster21: A weekend stay at the Akron Comfort Inn. Free breakfast included.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor
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Thanks, Rand-al-Thor! (but are we talking "Continental" breakfast or the real thing?)

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | December 15, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Wolff is just a guy who won't b**ch about coming in off the bench. Maybe he'll just work hard and not moan or kick water bottles around if substituted out. The guy may be asked to do what Jaime did last year, be a proven professional on a club that needs guys to lead by example. We are loading this club up with promising young players who need to hear from a player the same things the coach is telling them. I think Wolff fits this bill much better than JPA or Schellotto would.

Anyone who could be the "answer" to another team's problems wouldn't be in the re-entry draft. Teams dump guys for a reason, even if that reason is cash. And unlike the foreign "talent" we brought to the club last year, including our "DP," at least Wolff won't need to figure out MLS.

I like the pick. Right guy at the right price. Now I'd like to see us draft more talent out of college to go along with our positive trades, academy prospects, and re-entry picks.

Posted by: rcdwriting | December 15, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, I wasn't even stoned when I wrote Albright instead of Cristman... LOL.

I'm going to reload DCU on my FIFA11 with these new editions and see a pretty good improvement as it stands right now.
The game don't lie...;)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 15, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Approximately 95 days until DC United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | December 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Rand-al-Thor. A digital clock counting down the time to United’s first game is a great idea. Does it glow in the dark? Seems like we've been in the dark ages the past couple of years.

Posted by: Curious99 | December 15, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Wolff . . . at what price?

He's better than Cristman . . . and the Aussie . . and the ol' Chunky Emilio . .

He brings speed and experience . . . we'll see . .

I'm glad we didn't get JPA . . especially for that kind of coin.

Posted by: delantero | December 15, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

"fischy: a tax increase and a dinner date with Sarah Palin"

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Bless you for thinking of me at this time of joy...and frigid temps. I guess I should get down to one 'o them fancy downtown sa-lons, if I'm gonna have mah picher taken by all them Palin paparazzi....

Posted by: fischy | December 16, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Thor...from your mouth to the President's ear. FIFA would work too, as I have been doing analysis on corruption for many years.

Posted by: troy6 | December 16, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Hard to argue with this pick, even though I doubt Wolff took the enormous pay cut people are talking about, given his pedigree. Olsen likes him, and it's a one-year deal so Wolff has to earn it in that sense.

As a paid spectator, as much as I really would like to see JPA's finishing and general class in the attack, Wolff might actually fit in better with the squad.

As to whether he's still a dangerous player--at a minimum, toss him out there at 70' against a tiring defense and he can really mess them up.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 16, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

The definition of buyer's remorse? KC drafts Hejduk with the 8th pick. Hours later they swap him to LA for Sassano, whom LA picked 14th.

Posted by: fischy | December 16, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

"He fits our style, he's intelligent and he has the leadership qualities that will benefit our younger players," Kasper said. "It's a solid fit."

--Please understand that old, slow, and can't score is not the style we are looking for. Yeesh don't bring more problems to the club. This senseless reliance on rose colored memories of past glories will not win games nor keep us competetive on the pitch. I know lets resign Moreno and extend Perkin's contract -- maybe ARRP will sponsor the team. Even better how about a DC United shirt sponsored by Depends? That says it all on so many levels.

Posted by: RPGJRVA | December 16, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

@RPGJRVA: The might be a wee bit of dramatic, hyperbolic overstatement.

Chill, dude. The team is getting younger fast.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | December 16, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

If this pick is for the purpose of depth then he is a much better option than Cristman. However I cannot see him being a starter. My only guess is that DCU has targeted a forward with their first pick in the draft.

Posted by: no_recess | December 16, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

@Rand-al-Thor: Thanks a lot Bro.

Not trying to complain about my gift or anything but if the role is not recurring and I have to pay a lot of SAG dues and taxes, would it be alright with you if just sort of swap gifts with Modibo???

Just askin'...

Posted by: yankiboy | December 16, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

UniversityandPark: A mobile TV device and a case of Dogfish so that he will never, ever have trouble finding a sports bar
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How thoughtful of you! Speaking of which, has anyone been watching the reality series about the Dogfish Head folks that has been airing on the Discovery Channel? A new episode airs tonight at 8:00 EST (repeated at 11:00):

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-schedules/series.html?paid=1.14951.26255.40186.5

Two weeks ago I attended a related lecture, accompanied by a beer tasting, at the Smithsonian:

http://residentassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=221344

Posted by: universityandpark | December 16, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Wolff has got to be faster and fitter than Jaime, Mick Dundee...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 15, 2010 4:26 PM
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"That's not a diving header. *This* is a diving header."

Posted by: universityandpark | December 16, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Josh:

Any more of Ben's buddies from the '02 pool on line? E-stew available? Cletis want a sniff?

"Hey, man; we're getting the band together again!"

Posted by: lgm6986 | December 16, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

haha U&P.
Interesting lecture and tasty tasting no doubt there. I've been trying to catch Brewmasters, but have had difficulty watching episodes as they've tended to be on a bit late for me these days, and the rebroadcasts have been spotty at best. Looking forward to the new episode tonight and a reasonable start time so I can get the sleep I need to go to my job (in a brewery) bright eyed and bushy tailed...

I must also say that I'm kinda happy for Hey Dude moving to LA. Wonder if Bruce tries to keep him out of the surf during the season....kinda like football players riding crotch rockets...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 16, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I miss Fred. Can't imagine him playing for Revs.

Wolff is a good player, and sounding like a good value. He'll net some.

Posted by: lovinliberty | December 16, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Josh:

Any more of Ben's buddies from the '02 pool on line? E-stew available? Cletis want a sniff?

"Hey, man; we're getting the band together again!"
Posted by: lgm6986 |

Sounds better than bringing in bad back, over priced, Angel who while good is still a huge liability if he's injured. No more Gallardos please, thanks.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 16, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: OWNTF | December 16, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

rke, that sounds like a post from last year.
Posted by: Reignking

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Yeah, I'm an eternal optimist. I do think it's different this year though -- more concentration on youth and hopefully building a stronger spine. Last year there was still some lingering denial around the idea of rebuilding, whereas this year there's obviously no question.

It seems like the plan is for Olsen to get the full length of his contract to set things straight, and expectations are for solid progress rather than quick miracles.

Posted by: -rke- | December 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Smitty68: continued restricted development (except for a stadium)


Yeah!! I made the list! Thanks, Rand-al-Thor.

Happy Holidays to all of you Insiders and to you, Mr. Goff.

Here's to a better 2011 for DCU.....it certainly can't get any worse.....can it?

Posted by: Smitty68 | December 16, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

My pleasure, folks! It's fun to do, and thank you all for taking it in the spirit in which it's intended.

For those I missed, I'm taking careful notes for next year (the Lord willing). Whether you're naughty (dadryan, JkR) or nice (dcarmy, BaRRD), I'll find you!

Oh, and as for Wolff... I think he'll help.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Naughty?? Can you see me....?


(cheers!)

Posted by: JkR- | December 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I'd have rather dumped Hernandez and given his salary to JPA with the 1st pick.

Posted by: beergorila | December 16, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

DCU management need to plot a course and just stick with it. We need to get younger talent, faster and identify a core group of 20 yr. old somethings to build around.
Josh "34yr old - 2 goals last year" Wolf? DCU front office know we will not contend in 2011 so just get young or dynamic NOT MLS re-treads. Build a plan and stick with it...
Cheers to all - Happy Holidays

Posted by: Zipfutbol | December 16, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Wolffff is not a finisher. He will consistently put himself in positions to score, then blow it. He'll be our most frustrating player this year. Not a good pick.

Posted by: CYork1 | December 16, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Our Messiah has come! And his name is Josh Wolff. Josh Wolff is the best near miss goal scorer in US history. He does not make many goals, but boy he always makes some spectacular "almost scores"!!! Hopefully he will be able to continue to be that guy for DC United!

Obviously we will be getting another goal scorer for this season. The Ngwenya/Wolff/Christman strike force is not going to account for many goals I would bet. So maybe these guys are just the complimentary player to some un-named goal poacher yet to be signed. Van Nestelroy or Miro Klose? (One can dream...)

Posted by: alan19 | December 16, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

DCU management need to plot a course and just stick with it. We need to get younger talent, faster and identify a core group of 20 yr. old somethings to build around.
Josh "34yr old - 2 goals last year" Wolf? DCU front office know we will not contend in 2011 so just get young or dynamic NOT MLS re-treads. Build a plan and stick with it...
Cheers to all - Happy Holidays

Posted by: Zipfutbol
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Have you had a look at the roster lately? There are four teenagers. Wolff is one of only two players on the team over 30. The median age is 25.5.

Honestly it's like some of you are making a conscious effort to convince yourselves that there is no actual rebuilding going on.

Posted by: spidergoose | December 16, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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