- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 20, 2010
- 2 Comments
- Andy Najar, Arsenal
Well I thought I was going to take the rest of the afternoon off but this little story is too good not to pass up here. Myself and many others have talked all year about D.C. United’s young academy standout and All-Star snub Andy Najar. It seems like all that talk along with his stellar play on the field could help land him a big contract in the future.
EPL side Arsenal have their eyes set on bringing Najar in on a three-week trial at the end of this MLS season.
Now Arsenal cannot offer a contract to MLS and D.C. United for Najar until he is 18, which won’t be until next March. This pretty much means he’s in Black-and-Red until next summer. Good news for D.C. fans and for the league if you ask me.
This is some big news though. Najar is one of the first academy players in MLS history and one of the first that is actually seeing some on the field success. Having our academy players move up through the league and over to Europe is a big step for MLS. Keeping these young players is also another big step and an even tougher one when big clubs like Arsenal come calling.
If the league is smart they’ll ask for a high price for this kid to try and keep him. Sure playing for someone like Arsenal is great but if the playing time isn’t there it hurts his development in the long run. At the end of the day its about what is best for the player at hand, hopefully when that time comes MLS will be his best option. Thankfully we won’t have to deal with that until at least next summer.