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D.C. United acquires Michael Farfan via allocation order

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By FRANCO PANIZO

You can add Michael Farfan to the list of Americans that have returned to MLS in recent years.

D.C. United signed Farfan via the allocation order on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the 26-year-old midfielder back to MLS after a year in Liga MX. Farfan spent all of 2014 with Cruz Azul, but made just one league appearance for the club last April.

“We are excited about the acquisition of Michael Farfan,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper in a prepare statement. “He is a technically gifted player with very good MLS experience, and he will provide us with versatility across the midfield. We believe that Michael has yet to reach his full potential as a professional, and we look forward to working with him and having him join the D.C. United family.”

Farfan, who scored a dramatic equalizer off the bench in his lone Liga MX appearance, was previously with the Philadelphia Union. He spent the first three seasons of his career there after being selected as the 23rd pick in the 2011 MLS Draft. Farfan scored four goals and added nine assists in 82 regular-season appearance for the Union.

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What do you think of Farfan returning to MLS? Where do you see him best fitting in with D.C. United? Should he have never left for Liga MX in the first place?

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  1. In response to the topic: This could be another valuable pickup for DCU — a versatile, motivated, MLS-tested midfielder with something to prove, who adds depth to a very strong returning squad. Fits the mold of what brought DCU its unprecedented turn-around last season. I like it.

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    • This is a good pick up for DC. I always liked Marfan’s work for the Union – he has some creative flair but also knows how to get down to work when needed.

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  2. Seems mls is doing a good job of developing players that cant succeed in other leagues, and in turn rewards them handsomely for doing so.

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    • All this bashing of MLS-developed exports and their performance abroad actually has very little basis in the historical track record. I mean… who are you referring to, exactly? And what do you mean by “rewarded handsomely”?

      When I look at the list of MLS salaries, I scarcely see a single player who fits this bill as an MLS-deveoped player who flopped uniformly aborad and returned home to a nice fat wage (i.e. more than $180k/year, which I suppose qualfies as “rewarded handsomely” in our corner of the soccer world),

      When I look at the players who started their careers in MLS and have returned home to DP or near-DP money I see mostly players who clearly succeeded in at least one “other league” on their travels… Bradley, Demspey, Altidore (lest we forget, he still hold the record for single-season goals by and American Abroad), Kjestan, Goodson, Parkhurst,

      When I look at the players who started their careers in MLS and have returned home to DP or near-DP money (i.e. greater than $250k salary, which I suppose qualfies as “rewarded handsomely” in our corner of the soccer world), I see mostly players who clearly succeeded in at least one “other league” on their travels… Bradley, Demspey, Altidore (lest we forget, he still hold the record for single-season goals by and American Abroad), Kjestan, Beasley, Goodson, Parkhurst, Edu, etc.

      Basically, it’s Brek Shea and Eddie Johnson that you are talking about, I guess. Or maybe Agudelo (though I’d say MLS is not done developing him). Meh.

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    • yea that homegrown Andy Najar really stunk up the joint at Anderlecht. And the World Cup.

      Is that you Ted Westerveldt?

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