D.C. United continued their frenetic off season roster building by adding forward Fabian Espindola and defender Nana Attakora in today’s Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft. Both players are currently out of contract and will begin negotiations with the club immediately. United is under no obligation to pay either player their 2013 salary. United will have to offer some incentive however to keep both players as they both will most likely be depth players for United ahead of a busy 2014.
Espindola, the 28-year old Argentine native, spent 2013 with New York Red Bull (9 goals and 2 assists in 28 games) after a six-year career with Real Salt Lake (35 goals and 17 assists in 105 games) and will add more depth and attacking verve to United’s striker corp that snared U.S. International Eddie Johnson via a trade with Seattle Sounders just yesterday.
Attakora, a 24-year old Canadian, began his career with hometown Toronto FC in 2007 as a Reserve Team player before finally cracking the first team lineup in 2008. Attakora spent four years with the club before being traded to San Jose ahead of the 2011 MLS Season. Playing time was tough to find out West as Attakora only made 14 appearances with the Quakes in his two years.
United has re-made the club in what seemingly has been the blink of an eye. Head coach Ben Olsen told everyone willing to listen after the season ended in November that the team had many avenues to explore to improve the depth and talent of his club. Inside of a week United had taken great strides to improve their bottom-of-the-barrel standing from last season. United still has the #1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft next month as well as the opening of the International Transfer window on January 1st. While United hasn’t fared so well on the International market in recent years, their ability to obtain solid domestic and league players continues to bear fruit.