14 August 2006

Of course, if DC United is making a move, you can guess what country they are looking in.

Fresh off of random speculation about signings, Goal.Com is reporting that DC United may be in the international market to add a new player from (take a guess?)... Argentina! Boca junior reservist and right midfielder Matias Donnet is supposedly the target of the acquisition. DC United's quoted non-denial makes it sound like this is in the "Hey, let's talk and see if there's a fit here" stage, not a "we're about to sign" stage or a "we've hardly thought about it and have no idea what you're talking about" stage.

To me, this acquisition makes some sense, but I wonder if perhaps an allocation couldn't be better used. Right midfield may be a spot where Donnet could be used as speculated, but at the same time Josh Gros can also play on the right, and Justin Moose should be in the system for playing on the left. A Donnet acquisition could once again log-jam what had been a fairly comprehensible depth chart, as well as potentially sending a signal about DC's #1 draft pick.

Personally, I have been more impressed with Freddy's play on the wing this year than his play up top, so making a move to put Freddy in as a striker or withdrawn forward doesn't ring true to me. This move might not be a bad one, but I can't help think that there are better options out there.


At 14 August, 2006 17:10, Blogger Kinney said...

According to some of our Argentine experts on BigSoccer Donnet would be on free. So DC wouldn't have to use up our allocation money, just pay him a salary from Q and Filo's.

This would let DC wait until either off-season or an Adu move to use up this allocation when they have a better idea of what is needed.

P.S. Beat me to it, I was going to post about this but didn't have any reaction from DC yet. Nice find going back to Goal.com.

At 14 August, 2006 22:15, Anonymous GUTuna said...

Looks like Goff is now confirming it. Another AAAA!

Welcome Matias!

No reason not to do this on a free transfer. If he doesn't work out, we can dump him before next year.

At 15 August, 2006 00:30, Blogger Kinney said...

Goff is confirming it in this article. Nice catch gutuna.

At 15 August, 2006 11:18, Blogger DJ NorteƱo said...

Why are we looking at midfielders? Shouldn't our focus be at forward?


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