Washington, D.C., December 7, 2015 – D.C. United today exercised contract options for a number of players as well as declining options on some important players.
With the Midnight deadline approaching tonight, United exercised options on starters Fabian Espindola, Sean Franklin, Steve Birnbaum and Taylor Kemp. Fringe first-team players Chris Korb, Conor Doyle, Luke Mishu, Travis Worra, Miguel Aguilar and Jared Jeffery all had their options picked up as well.
Players who’s options were not picked up included Jairo Arrieta, Andrew Dykstra, Michael Farfan and Perry Kitchen. Kitchen is out of contract and far apart in negotiations with the team and seems likely to move on to Europe this winter if a settlement isn’t reached. The team is also actively trying to re-sign Dykstra as well. United will have until this Friday’s Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft to try and retain any of the veterans who’s options were declined. If United can’t come to an agreement with those players, they will be eligible for the Re-Entry Draft.
United waived Argentine midfield Facundo Coria after limited appearances this summer.
MLS’ first form of true Free Agency begins tomorrow and it will be interesting to see if United is a big player in that arena. Considering how busy United continues to be in trading and acquiring MLS proven players over the past few years, it would seem logical that they would be highly motivated to sign potential free agents.