But there is a question here: if the FO was still planning to look abroad for defensive help, why the hell did they trade away an international spot for Cristman? By my count (and I'd appreciate a correction if either Boyzzz or Shipalane has their green card) we've already got eight internationals and only seven spots to shoehorn them into. And that's not including the possible acquisition of Arzu or Taylor.
1. Josh Wicks, GK - trade bait?2. Troy Perkins, GK3. (I) Julius James, D4. Lawson Vaughn, D5. Marc Burch, D6. (I) Dejan Jakovic, D7. Bryan Namoff, D - nursing the noggin8. Devon McTavish, D/M9. (I) Floribert N'Galula, D/M10. Rodney Wallace, D/M11. (I) Cristian Castillo, M12. Danny Szetela, M13. Clyde Simms, M14. (I) Tiyiselani Shipalane, M/F - can't see both he and Boyzzz making the cut15. Chris Pontius, M/F16. Santino Quaranta, M/F17. (I) Thabiso Khumalo, M/F - see Shipalane, Tiyiselani18. Adam Cristman, F - acquired from KC for an international spot19. Jaime Moreno, F20. (I) Danny Allsopp, F
1. (GA) Bill Hamid, GK2. (I) Milos Kocic, GK - under contract, but for Dev Dollars again?3. John DiRaimondo, M4. Brandon Barklage, M - fully recovered?5. Jordan Graye, D - we took a local kid so he could live at home on Dev Dollars, right?
1. Andrew Quinn, GK - danger signals for Kocic?2. (I?) Lyle Adams, D - I'm assuming he'll want a senior spot, given last year. Also, he grew up in Florida, but does he have citizenship/green card?3. (I) Quiarol Arzu, D - Honduran youth national teamer, center or right back4. (I) Jermaine Taylor, D - Jamaican international center back5. Daniel Wasson, M - washed out abroad, has MLS experience, eligible for Dev Dollars (25 or younger at start of season)6. (I?) Two-Boys Gumede, M/F - an international if he won't settle for Dev Dollars; what fills first, our Boyzzz quotient or our South African one?
GA = Generation Adidas
I = requires international roster spot, maximum of 8 internationals roster [UPDATE: Cristman trade leaves us with 7 spots]
Former trialists Nigel White and Otto Loewy make way for more seasoned options Arzu and Taylor, but there's another tidbit in play here. Keeper Andrew Quinn has been brought in supposedly to make up the numbers with Perkins away on Nats duty and Wicks still on the shelf. I wonder.
Consider. We're already one over on the international count and entertaining foreign defenders. That says we need to make cuts. I'd assume our South African speedsters would be first on the chopping block, but we really need to keep at least one of them to provide a change of pace up top that none of our current forwards can provide. Likewise, we'd need to free up a senior roster spot for the new defender. But we'd still need to cut another international to make room.
At this point, your third-string keeper taking up an international spot starts to look pretty damn frivolous. Even if Quinn isn't being brought in to challenge for a roster spot, you've got to think that Kocic's chances of sticking with the club are fading. Which begs a further question. If he wasn't in the club's plans, why not let him audition elsewhere given the previous interest abroad? Or might he be trade bait?