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De Rosario traded to D.C. for McCarty

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D.C. United's day of wheeling and dealing just got a whole lot more interesting.

D.C. acquired Dwayne De Rosario from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for Dax McCarty in a straight-up trade on Monday.

It's the second time the 33-year-old De Rosario has been traded this season. He was dealt from Toronto FC to New York at the beginning of April in exchange for Tony Tchani, Danleigh Borman and a first-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Now he's headed to D.C., where he'll add juice to the team's attack alongside the likes of Charlie Davies, Josh Wolff, Chris Pontius and Andy Najar. It's the second acquisition of the day for D.C., which traded for San Jose centerback Brandon McDonald just hours before the blockbuster deal.

McCarty, meanwhile, struggled at times with United despite being named captain but could perhaps do better in New York's possession-oriented style of play. It should be noted that New York frees up more money to spend, as De Rosario's base salary ($425,000) was significantly higher than McCarty's ($155,000).

What do you think about the deal? Shocked that the Red Bulls offloaded De Rosario so quickly? Think D.C. is a playoff contender with its recent moves? Do you think the Red Bulls have bigger plans in the works?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. So much for building for the future! The DC United front office went long enough without making a stupid comment or roster move; the time for one had expired, so they decided to add 9 years and $300,000 to their midfield. Great job!

  2. As a neutral observer, I’m slightly speechless, too.

    I distinctly recall DC’s Front Office using the phrase “getting younger” several times last off-season.

    Generally, most of their moves have been aquiring older players (aside from the draft).

    Speechless and puzzled at what direction they’re heading in development.

  3. If “wasted” means DC got a player that scores (on average) every 92 minutes played…than many clubs in MLS would enjoying “wasting” on a similiar player should one become available.

    As mentioned, MLS (in general) doesnt sign any loan players unless there is an option to buy. That’s literally a policy MLS has.

    Relax on the sarcasm and apply more time reading up.

  4. Actually, it’s unclear how much cap space NYRB cleared with this move. On the face of it, it’s around $200k-$300k which sounds a lot (the difference between the $430k that DeRo makes and the $150k that McCarty makes). But a significant amount of DeRo’s salary is still on TFC’s books this year. I heard one claim (no idea if it’s true) that this clears $130k in salary cap space for NYRB (after you add McCarty’s salary). So that’s probably enough to sign a veteran GK.

  5. Looks like Toronto unloaded this whining cancer and secured a fantastic DM prospect in Tchani (why they need Dax, now), threw in a necessary LB in Borman and a Draft pick… the right moment. Seems TFC is doing things right finally.

    Oh yeah, the salary dump is a clear indicator of a a DP and Goalkeeper sign ing for NYRB.

  6. This trade tells us two things. 1. Hans Backe is a moron. 2. D.C. United is on the rise again and will now finish in front of RBNY.

  7. It’ll help b/c McCarty gives you a reliable figure in the midfield who does everything well, and was one of the driving forces behind Dallas the last year. And you won’t have an under performing, over ego’d waste of space in the midfield not scoring and collecting big paychecks… Now you can put Henry in an a playmaking position, w/ Agudelo ahead of him. Taino and McCarty behind him. Richards and Lindpere outside, … Or Lindpere in the attacking mid position, and have Henry play real high on the left…

    And that’s where mcCarty can thrive, b/c he doesn’t have to be the major playmaker in midfield; instead, he can play his natural position, which is supporting the playmakers, playing simple balls on the ground, provide defense and a little fire behind Henry.

    Listen I think its gonna be real good for the Red Bulls, and I hope so b/c it’s not been fun for us ever, even when we went the final we were an average team… If I’m wrong, I’ll come back on here and admit I was wrong. Actually I’ll forget I ever wrote this by tomorrow.

  8. They have been sorely missing Rafa…that is the last thing to be thinking right now. There is an extra DP slot with cap space right now…

  9. You are right, De Ro made an impact with his passing and runs, not his scoring. He just isn’t lively enough…maybe his conditioning is poor

  10. Just got home to see the two trades. WTF. I mean, I like McDonald, but despite how ineffective McCarty has been, a 33 year old Desario? This season, yes, next season, probably, but he’s definitely in Gomez land.

  11. Dax ~ MLS Paul Scholes ?!? You (jpc) are two sandwiches short of a picnic. 🙂

    Dax is no better than Tainio or Soler playing as defensive mids/ball winners. Who is 2nd right back after Soler? Is Dax better than Ballouchy at attacking mid, no. Even John Rooney (what is he up to these days_ is better than Dax at attacking mid. How does Dax fit?

    NYRB/Metrostars have shown tendency to be impatient with young players, e.g., Rico Clark, Borman, Tchani. Dax does not have upside of Clark or Tchani.

    Good luck NYRB.

  12. While the trade makes some sense for DCU short term, I am not sure that trading a younger less expensive player for an older more pricey player is a good long term strategy. De Rosario will help this season, but he is 33 and is moving to a rebuilding team that is still a couple years removed from being a serious contender for the title. McCarthy should be a good fit with NYRB.

  13. I’m salivating all over my NYRB jersey just thinking who they’re about to sign as DP. It better be big, or else I wont spend 12 bucks at Ross Dress for Less again for a past-season’s jersey again!!!

  14. All year I’ve been wondering what DeRo was supposed to do. He’s slow, his touch is LEADEN, and he’s a counterattack-killer, just as Angel was, forever slowing up the attack. I also suspect that without DeRo, Lindpere will return to his form for last year. In the end, it’s not great to lose Tchani; but good on Backe for realizing that DeRo wasn’t working and getting something decent in place.

    And that does leave some cap room. Because….I heard the third DP will be Gareth Bale.

    (Just testing out the rumor potential.)

  15. Soler has the ability to get quality players on the cheap. Solli at 180k. Tainio at 200k, Lindpere at 90K etc…

    This move had to be made with next year in mind too. It seems DeRo’s camp is hell bent on getting him a DP deal or at very least a max non DP deal that he has now. Thats not gonna fly in NY

  16. Why? obviously I’m not comparing them in terms of quality, McCarty is much better (joke). But in terms of what their strengths are as players, I think they are very similar players

  17. I agree with you, but I’d argue in their defense that even in a short time, DeRo added something special to the team without completely taking the wind out of their sails when he left.

    Before DeRo came I just had the feeling that Henry and the boys had no respect for your average MLS player.

    I may just be talking out of my a$$, but I got the feeling that after playing with DeRo Henry may have thought, “Merde.. maybe there are some guys here with some skills.”

    I found it a real joy to watch that team– less “me” and more “we”.

  18. Backe made a comment yesterday when asked about acquisitions, he remarked that there would be some trades.So here you go. But in the long run, I see them freeing up cap space with this deal. Look for the NYRB to acquire another DP after offloading Marquez this season.

  19. Actually, what Dax gives NYRB is what he gave Dallas (but not DC). Played next to a good D-M (Taino) with a fine attacking mid or tri-quartista in front of him (Feirara with Dallas, Henry with NYRB), then McCarty gets to run a lot, play some defense, challenge for balls, be fiery and dump balls to the withdrawn attacker. That’s a good fit. But as part of a set of D-mids (with no a-mid) or as a stand alone D-mid or as an a-mid, those are not his strengths. So I think Dax helps NYRB as long as Henry stays health–that’s the key.

    But you’re wearing rose colored glasses if you think McCarty is evenup for DeRo or even better. DeRo was an MVP candidate last year on a woeful, mismanaged TFC team.

    This is one of those trades that helps both teams. McCarty (if Henry stays healthy and the cap room brings in either a GK or central defender if Marquez is hurt) helps NYRB be a better team. But your possession game is worse with him instead of DeRo. And if Henry is hurt or out, you become a team that plays for a 1-0 win at home. With Henry, McCarty fits a great role of holding mid. But possession isn’t his strength.

  20. Great move for NY. I like DeRo, but am not sure that he is aging as gracefully as NY would have hoped. McCarty is the field general that NY doesn’t have right now. He’s fiery, works hard defensively, is good in possession and can shoot from a distance. An MLS Paul Scholes

  21. And on the pedestal these words appear:
    “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

  22. Google it. Its a done deal. They are looking for a house. He is going to Fulham youth team.

    I think his other grandfather if from Portugal thats why he was able to sign with Fulham.

  23. I never consider it the sign of a good, well-run league when MVP-caliber players bounce around like no one wants them.

  24. Did. Not. See. This. Coming.

    1. I think this improves NYRB…in the short term. McCarty gives RB a lot of flexibility. The team can play 2 central mids with ball-winning and high workrates (Taino and McCarty) as a 442. Or the team can play Henry as a triquarta with either Rodgers up top or both LR and now Agudelo. But here’s the catch…if Henry has health problems or goes down, suddenly this teams attacking talent goes down signficantly. But based on current personnel, this move does help NYRB. Keep in mind, a lot of NYRB’s best moves have been for what Bob Gansler used to call “piano movers vs. piano players”…ie: guys who make runs off the ball, are gritty, do hard work, setup teammates. Taino, Lindpere, even Rodgers, now McCarty and then have them fit in around the flair guys.

    2. This does open up the option for a $200-300k addition. And that matters. If Marquez is down with a serious injury than the team probably wants to make an addition there.

    3. Huge improvement for DCU. First, for all the talk about DeRo appearing slow or not at his best, this is a guy who put TFC on his shoulders last year and carried the team at one point…despite his antics, getting MVP talk b/c of his ability to alter games. DCU has no-one at A-mid. Boskovic is out for the season, everyone else is a D-mid/holding mid and the team shows some skill and flair at times but no quarterback. DCU will have no problem giving DeRo more money and he won’t have to play forward (which resolves his two biggest upsets)

    4. DCU effectively traded Rodney Wallace for DeRo. NYRB effectively traded Borman, Tchani and a #1 pick for McCarty and cap space. If NYBR uses the cap space wisely, than maybe it’s ultimately a wise deal. If not (or if Henry can’t stay healthy) than it will prove to be a mistake.

  25. The problem with Dax in DC is that he didn’t control possession. He was a giveaway machine. All attacks through McCarty/Simms died a hideous death. I don’t see what McCarty gives RB that Taino already doesn’t. As a DC fan, even a degraded DeRo upgrades the offensive impact from the middle of the field exponentially. Finally, there is someone who can slip the killer pass to Davies or Wolff. DC became much more dangerous offensively as a result of this trade.

  26. This is probably because the RBs are planning on bringing in a 3rd DP this summer and don’t plan on paying De Rosario DP money.


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