In one of the biggest surprises of Expansion Draft day, D.C. United ended up with perhaps the first and perhaps most important piece in their rebuilding project by acquiring the former FC Dallas midfielder in a trade with Portland for defender/midfielder Rodney Wallace.
McCarty, an instrumental figure in Dallas reaching their first-ever MLS Cup, was selected No. 1 overall by the Timbers on Wednesday. But Portland chose to swing him to DC for the versatile Wallace in a deal that may bolster both teams.
Highlights from Dax McCarty's 2010 season in MLS and the Cup final.
Washington, D.C. - The Portland Timbers today selected D.C. United defender Jordan Graye in the 2010 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft. Both Portland and Vancouver Whitecaps FC participated in today’s Expansion Draft, selecting ten players each to populate their rosters ahead of the 2011 MLS season. All 16 teams from 2010 were allowed to protect 11 players, leaving all others unprotected and available for selection by Portland and Vancouver. No team could lose more than two players, and after losing one individual each club was allowed to protect a twelfth and final player.
Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that the club has acquired midfielder Dax McCarty. United sends defender Rodney Wallace and the lower of its two fourth round selections in the 2011 SuperDraft to Portland in exchange for McCarty and allocation money. Portland selected the former FC Dallas player in today’s Expansion Draft with the first pick. Both Portland Timbers and Vancouver WhitecapsFC participated in today’s draft, as the two clubs will join Major League Soccer in 2011 as expansion sides.
Day 4 of the club's 10 Days of Giving
United and Food & Friends
D.C United's fourth day of its "10 Days of Giving" was easy as pie. Staff from the Black-and-Red headed out to Eastern Market & Penn Quarter to distribute and sell Thanksgiving pies as part of Food & Friends' Slice of Life fundraiser.
Drawing balance of the top drafts in the most recent campaign
Ranking the 2010 draft
NEW YORK – The top five selections of the 2010 SuperDraft lived up to the hype and several late round selections proved to be shrewd picks. What follows are MLSsoccer.com's top SuperDraft classes of 2010 based on the recently concluded season:
1. New York Red
#2 Tony Tchani (27GP /
MLSsoccer.com guesses who Portland, Vancouver will choose
Predicting the Exp. Draft
The MLS silly season begins in earnest on Wednesday, when the Expansion Draft takes place at 2 p.m. ET. Fans in Portland and Vancouver will have picked over the list of available players, hoping that there are more Sebastien Le Touxs than David Myries out there.
Given the wealth of talent up for grabs – a clever general manager could make a competitive side out of just the guys Seattle Sounders, FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake exposed – they’re right to have high hopes.
Free viewing party on Dec. 2 at the Newseum
W.C. announcement party
The FIFA World Cup™ Official Announcement Viewing Party, organized by the Washington, D.C. Local Bid Committee, will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2010. The United States is bidding to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Washington, D.C. is one of 18 candidate host cities. The general public is invited to attend for FREE.
The event will be held at the Newseum, located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 6th Street, N.W. The viewing party will take place in the Great Hall of News.