- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 24, 2010
- 4 Comments
- Dax McCarty, Rodney Wallace, Trades
Just three hours after selecting Dax McCarty with the first pick in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, Portland shipped McCarty and allocation money to D.C. United for Rodney Wallace and a fourth-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
Yes, it happened that quickly. I think maybe Portland is trying to get the band back together from Maryland’s NCAA title run in 2008 now that they have Wallace teamed up with recently acquired Jeremy Hall.
On the surface this trade is a total shocker but I don’t underestimate what this deal could mean for Portland.
I’d imagine the extra allocation will come in handy to try and keep someone like Robbie Findley on board. (Edit: I read thing wrong originally, why on Earth did Portland give up allocation in this deal?) Wallace is a younger and cheaper version of McCarty too. We saw in Wallace’s rookie season that he can be extremely good in the midfield in a holding position.
As for D.C. they get a rock in the midfield to go with Clyde Simms. Honestly that will mean so much for their defense next season. McCarty is a massive upgrade for their midfield and one that will help them get out of the cellar. Really this is the first good move D.C. has made in about two years.