According to multiple sources, it appears that D.C. United center back Dejan Jakovic is close to a transfer to Japanese league side Shimizu S-Pulse. Additionally, it seems likely that United is expected to offer Wake Forest sophomore Jalen Robinson a homegrown player contract as well.
If the transfer for Jakovic goes through as expected, it will reportedly bring United a low six-figure transfer fee for the Canadian defender who was set to make between $250,000-300,000 in 2014 and also save the team that same amount on the salary cap. Jakovic, a 28-year old central defender, has been the teams longest standing player alongside Chris Pontius as both came aboard ahead of the 2009 season. With the move to Japan nearly done, this very well may open the door for United to select California central defender Christian Dean with the #1 pick next month in the MLS SuperDraft. Dean’s stock has skyrocketed over the past few months with his combination of size (6’3″ 198lbs) speed and organizing ability. The left-footed Bay area native is also projected as a top-flight left back, a position of dire need for United.
University of Maryland striker Patrick Mullins was seemingly the top-choice for United in the upcoming draft, but with the move to send Jakovic to Japan it seems less and less likely that he will be chosen by United.
As for Robinson, he’s spent two very productive years at Wake Forest playing right back for the Demon Deacons and was a standout player for United’s Academy teams before heading south to North Carolina. Robinson played mostly central defense with the Academy teams during his time with United. It’s unclear where he will be groomed to play if United decide to take a central defender with the #1 overall pick. With the acquisition of Sean Franklin last week, the right back spot seems pretty much cemented at the moment. Chris Korb spent most of 2013 as United’s right back but while his endeavor and hustle were never in question, his effectiveness on both sides of the ball certainly came into question on more than one occasion. Korb most likely will fight for the starting left-back spot (along with Dean I would imagine if he is drafted) or he will become a depth player for Ben Olsen’s side, a position that most probably suits him better at this point in his career..