With the decision not to renew the contracts of nine players, D.C. United trimmed more than $830,000 from the payroll. If Charlie Davies departs, that figure would rise to more than $1 million.
The acquisition of Robbie Russell from Real Salt Lake will probably take up at least $100,000, Perry Kitchen has graduated from his Generation Adidas exemption and counts toward the primary budget, and MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario’s contract is solely United’s responsibility. (Toronto FC was on the hook for most of DeRo’s salary in 2011.)
Nonetheless, United appears to have space for several impact moves this offseason. Player acquisitions are possible through the re-entry drafts, college draft, supplementary draft, trades, discovery claims, free agency and international signings. (For MLS roster and salary guidelines, click here.)
For at look at United’s current roster and depth chart.....
Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid, Joe Willis.
Right backs: Robbie Russell, Chris Korb.
Left back: Daniel Woolard.
Center backs: Dejan Jakovic, Brandon McDonald, Ethan White, Conor Shanosky.
Right midfield: Andy Najar.
Left midfield: Chris Pontius, Austin da Luz.
Defensive midfield: Perry Kitchen, Stephen King.
Attacking midfield: Dwayne De Rosario, Branko Boskovic.
Forwards: Josh Wolff, Charlie Davies, Blake Brettschneider.
(Several players have the flexibility to play multiple positions: Korb left and right back; Pontius midfield and forward; Kitchen midfield and defense; Boskovic left or central midfield; Najar left, central or right midfield and withdrawn forward; DeRo midfield or forward.)