Have our wishes been granted?
RSL has acquired Brandon McDonald from DC United in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015. McDonald collected 62 starts in the past 2 years with DC. In order to make room for McDonald, RSL has had to move Rich Balchan to the disabled list. RSL could have made their pick from any number of players who are likely out for the rest of the season, however of those (Saunders and Kwame come to mind), only Rich Balchan has yet to see regular season minutes and probably wouldn’t be likely to be put in a game anytime soon, anyway.
“With the injuries we have had to our center backs we felt it was important to add a talented experienced center back and we got that with Brandon,” Lagerwey said about the deal. “We expect him to be a good fit for us both on and off the field as we continue to try and improve our team.”
Apparently, McDonald is known for being physical, having been voted dirtiest player by two of the 18 MLS players interviewed earlier this year for Sports Illustrated. One player said “McDonald always has his elbows up on headers.” McDonald was called up once to train with the US National team in 2009 but never got any caps. He’s played alongside Robbie Findley and shared a room with Khari Stephenson when he played with the San Jose Earthquakes.
It sounds like this season has been hard on Brandon and, while acquiring a player in horrible form doesn’t sound like a good idea, I’m hoping that he can be another one of those scraps from other teams that RSL seems to pick up and turn into outstanding, dominating players. He certainly has the potential.
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