15 February 2007

Needed: Defender

Steve Goff is reporting that Jay Needham left DC United to sign with Puerto Rico. Um... Given the positive impressions Needham was making, this sounds like a loss. Surely we could have made an offer better than 20K, right? Apparently not.

This isn't a crippling development, but it certainly is a sad one, and not just because we're Needham's favorite blog. All reports were coming back positive on Jay, and either Puerto Rico is overpaying for Needham, or DC misjudged its bid and the allure of playing for MLS. We wish him luck.

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3 Comments:

At 15 February, 2007 13:18, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very questionable move by Needham. MLS may not provide good starting salaries (and they really should be raised) but it provides opportunity and exposure, including some Euro exposure. Would Bobby have been capped if he had gone the USL route? Not a chance.
It seems Needham is taking the quicker money without looking to the big picture. He's gambling that his play will allow him to enter MLS at a later date at a higher price. Time will tell...

Puerto Rico would be an interesting place for an MLS expansion.

-K

 
At 16 February, 2007 09:21, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, IMO Needham might be looking to be a starter on the PR team rather than just a starter with United's Reserves. And I am betting that he plans to come back to the MLS, not Europe. That being the case, it might seem like a better move to make a name in the USl before returning to the MLS (for higher pay)

The thing that bothers me is that the two drafted players lost after the draft shows one of the glaring problems with relying upon the college pipeline. IMO it would be smarter to devote a larger amnount of resources to our Youth Program, as that is the future of MLS

 
At 24 February, 2007 06:12, Anonymous 12th man said...

DC should have countered with more than the 17K.

 

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