Just a few hours after announcing the acquisition of Brandon McDonald from San Jose, D.C. United showed they were not done with remaking the squad by acquiring 4-time MLS Cup Champion midfielder Dwayne DeRosario from the New York Red Bulls for midfielder and former captain Dax McCarty.
“Today we signed one of the best players MLS has ever seen in Dwayne De Rosario,” said Head Coach Ben Olsen. “In order to gain a quality piece we gave up a quality player in Dax McCarty, but we feel that De Rosario is a game-changer that will help us in our push for playoffs.”
United has struggled all season long to create offense from it’s central midfield and the acquisition of DeRosario should go a long way towards helping improve that area of attack. McCarty, who started the season as captain of United, only lasted a dozen games before being shipped off to New York. United had started a combination of McCarty, Clyde Simms, Stephen King, Kurt Morsink and Fred in central midfield this season with precious few results as none of the above have actually scored this season. DeRosario hopes to change that in a big way.
Although the team got much older with DeRo in tow, it gains in experience and big game ability. DeRosario has scored some of the most important goals in MLS history as he has nabbed two game-winning goals in his 4 MLS Cup final appearances. He’s also a healthy 4-0 in those matches winning titles with San Jose and Houston.
Dax McCarty was acquired in the preseason in a trade with Portland that shipped Rodney Wallace to the NorthWest.