Teen phenom Salgado can't wait for SuperDraft

US Under-20 star forward should be high pick come January
Salgado can't wait

Omar Salgado grows weary of constantly shuttling around the country and the world in the name of soccer.

The 17-year-old phenom, who has been without a club since leaving Chivas de Guadalajara in July to join the United States U-20 squad, has trained with Everton, Vancouver, Portland and, most recently, D.C. United during the last five months. Coaches around Major League Soccer want to see the immensely talented but raw striker – a lock to go high in January's 2011 SuperDraft – perform firsthand.

Salgado can't wait to be settled.

2010 in Review: Q&A with D.C. United's Olsen

Interim coach says team needs identity, but character is strong
Q&A: DC's Olsen

WASHINGTON – When Ben Olsen retired from a 12-year career last October, he had no idea he’d be in charge of his former team a mere 10 months later. But as D.C. United continued to struggle, Curt Onalfo was let go this past August and Olsen, an assistant coach, was handed the reins as interim head coach.

2010 in Review: Best & worst of D.C. United

Young star emerges in otherwise forgettable season in Washington
2010 review: D.C. United


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WASHINGTON – D.C. United entered 2010 with cautious optimism. Incoming head coach Curt Onalfo led a parade of new faces as the club looked to infuse the squad with youth while remaining competitive in the MLS playoff race.

But even United’s most modest hopes were horribly crushed over the course of a historically bad season, which kicked off with a 4-0 hammering at the hands of the Kansas City Wizards and rarely improved in the months thereafter.

McCarty: Dallas departure a surprise

Midfielder goes from MLS Cup, through Portland to D.C. United
McCarty excited about DC

FRISCO, Texas --
After six seasons with FC Dallas, 23-year-old midfielder Dax McCarty switched
clubs twice on Wednesday, becoming the Portland Timbers’ No. 1 Expansion Draft
selection and then getting traded to DC United less than three hours later.

The veteran
linking midfielder was left unprotected by FC Dallas for the Expansion Draft just
three days after featuring as a starter for FCD in Sunday night’s 2-1 MLS Cup
defeat to the Colorado Rapids. He was then traded by Portland to DC United for
left back Rodney Wallace and a draft pick.

Timbers adquieren a Rodney Wallace a cambio de Dax McCarty

Portland también recibe elección para la 4ta ronda del SuperDraft
Timbers continúan cambios

Portland Timbers anunció la adquisición del defensa Rodney Wallace y una elección para la cuarta ronda del SuperDraft 2011 de parte del D.C. United a cambio del mediocampista Dax McCarty y asignación monetaria.

“Rodney es joven, pero ha probado ser un jugador de gran versatilidad en la MLS, con la habilidad de jugar en diferentes posiciones”, dijo el director deportivo de los Timbers Gavin Wilkinson.

Portland deal Expansion Draft pick McCarty to DC

Ex-Dallas M joins United while Timbers get Rodney Wallace
McCarty dealt to DC

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.

Dax McCarty highlights

Recent highlights from Dax McCarty's 2010 season
Dax McCarty highlights

Highlights from Dax McCarty's 2010 season in MLS and the Cup final.

D.C. United loses Jordan Graye in MLS Expansion Draft

Defender joins Portland Timbers for 2011 season
Timbers select Graye

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.

D.C. United acquires midfielder Dax McCarty

United sends Rodney Wallace and fourth round SuperDraft selection to Portland
McCarty joins United

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.

2010 Expansion Draft: pick by pick

Portland and Vancouver select from the unprotected players list
Expansion Draft picks

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