The word from the Goffblog is that Troy Perkins is on his way back stateside. Seeing as how DC United are currently carrying a giant man-child, a wishful-thinking 2nd round draft pick, and an injured loonball as our competitors for goalkeeping spots, one would leap to the immediate conclusion that there has to be some interest from the FO (since confirmed by the tireless Goff), in a proven commodity. The question is: what are you willing to give up?
I should first get it out there that I wasn't a huge fan of Perkins... until he left. Given the disasters we've had since then, the seeming lack of viable alternatives, and the fact that Perkins is fighting for one of the three keeper spots in Bradley's 23 for South Africa, I'd be extremely interested in him now. But Perkins goes into the allocation mill, where we have a higher than usual pick, but we'll definitely need to trade up in order to grab him before some other desperate suitor does.
Once again: what are you willing to give up?
I'm just going to ignore the sort of dreaming that inspires the "we'll send them Gomez!" or "Wicks plus a third-rounder!" crowd. Not going to happen. Perkins is a hot property, and we're going to have to make a sacrifice to land him. And it won't be a Fred-shaped sacrifice either, unless his potential has suddenly blossomed in the eyes of other MLS FO's.
I think all eyes should be resting with vague curiosity on Danny Szetela. Was last year an abberation or the fault of a conflict with the coach? Does he have something more to give this team? If so, where does he slot in? Does he play in the middle next to Simms or wide on the right, freeing Quaranta to play up top with Pontius or between a lone striker and a holding pair? Szetela's age and demonstrated ability with the youth national teams would seem to indicate that his potential has yet to be reached, but do you bank on potential, or do you sacrifice that potential for what you really need now--a steady presence in the net?
Given the links between Szetela and Nowak, the fact that Nowak has two young keepers without much professional experience, and the relative lack of warm bodies on the playing roster in Philadelphia, I wonder if the Union would be interested in trading away that allocation spot for a Szetela + Wicks package deal. Is that even enough to tempt them, or does Nowak hold pat, waiting for a bigger prize to drop into his lap in the summer?