DC United acquires Martín Rodríguez and sells Edison Flores

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On Wednesday, DC United began accelerating much-needed roster adjustments, acquiring Chilean winger Martin Rodriguez and selling Peruvian striker Edison Flores, a massive – and costly – disappointment over three seasons.

Neither move has been officially announced, but people close to MLS have said United will pay an unspecified transfer fee for Rodriguez, the 27-year-old left-sided player who started 25 games last season and scored three times for Turkish club Altay.

Previously, he played five years in Mexico with Cruz Azul and Pumas, among others.

The MLS Commerce window will open on July 7, which means the earliest Rodriguez can play is July 8 in Philadelphia. United is expected to use target allocation funds upon acquisition, leaving two player slots available for higher priced moves.

A DP outlet has opened with the shedding of Flores, one of the highlights of the Peruvian national team who has never made his stride in MLS and will now move to Mexican club Atlas. he is ended with Three goals and eight assists in 41 regular season appearances (33 starts) and, after petty production, he rarely made an impact in matches and seemed reluctant to take the initiative. With a move imminent, he did not accompany Flores United to Chicago last weekend.

United spent a record $5 million for the club Acquired from Morelia in Mexico. A person familiar with the deal said the transfer to Atlas would yield “less than 10 percent” of its investment. With a base salary of $1.6 million, Flores was also the highest-paid player on the squad since arriving before the 2020 season.

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With Flores gone, Greek striker Taxi Fountas is the only player assigned to the club – each club is allowed three players. Dave Casper, United’s chief of football operations and sporting director, said he could not comment on Flores’ situation. However, in anticipation of the roster’s moves, he said, “If we find the right players, we’ll fill in both slots” DP.

One such candidate was Hamburg playmaker Sony Kettle. Negotiations have so far moved along the line, with United flying the 29-year-old German to Washington last week for a medical evaluation. However, people close to the team said the medical staff were concerned about physical problems.

Hamburg announced early on Wednesday that Kittel would remain with the second-tier club.

Another DP target, French striker Thomas Henry, who scored nine goals for Venice in Serie A, does not appear to be in the picture anymore.

Interim coach Chad Ashton said he could not comment on potential deals, but with the possibility of moves mid-season, he is preparing to integrate new players and adjust tactics if necessary.

“Obviously it depends on who or what those pieces are,” Ashton said. How do they fit into the puzzle? Do we need to change [the] formation – composition? Do we need to change in terms of the way we approach games, different tactics, things like that? “

He added, “So you’re fidgeting in your mind: If this guy and that guy came in, what would he look like? There are a lot of moving pieces… that you have to think about constantly, but also still your main focus is on the here and now.”

Here and now things did not go well. a 1-0 in Chicago last weekend Extended United’s winless delay to five and lost its record to 4-8-2 with 14 points, and tied with Fire (3-7-5) for the lowest number in the 28-team league. Where Coach Hernan Losada sacked after six matchesUnited is 2-4-2 in league play and lost early in the US Open.

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“We’ve been doing active exploration — we’ve been around the world for the past six months,” Casper said. “We are in discussions to bring in a number of players. Some deals are closer than others. We hope to get multiplayer on the line in the July window.”

He also said the team is active in trade talks.

The newcomers may not be acquitted by July 8, but Casper said, “Very soon then.”

He added that the research is “improvement all over the place, frankly, and across the field.”

He continued, “If there is something that makes sense for the club, we will do it.” “It won’t all happen at once.”

Aside from Flores, 19-year-old local striker Griffin Yu may also leave. United are still in negotiations with the Belgian club Westerlo over the sale of Clifton, Virginia, which has been in more than three seasons, He made nine starts (32 games, three goals, two assists). For extra playing time, he was also loaned to Second Division Loudoun United.

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Midfielder Moses Niemann and defender Chris Odoi Atsim are close to returning to full training after recovering from a long-term injury. Niemann has struggled with hamstring problems since last season, while Odoi Atsim initially injured his ankle and then injured his quadriceps muscle.