Black And Red United: A Coach Would Have Been Handy In Rodney Wallace Trade

Dax McCarty was widely seen to be as the prize of the MLS Expansion Draft. So you'd think DC United fans would be pretty happy at acquiring his services for the cost of a defender who has battled injury problems and a fourth-round pick. Just for good measure, United also got some allocation money thrown in.

On the merits of the trade, Black And Red United's Martin Shatzer sees it as a pretty even deal.

But there's another aspect of the deal that is bothering him.

As Charlie Boehm suggested earlier, the next head coach was supposed to be the one deciding between Wallace and Marc Burch for the left back position. The next head coach may have elected to move Wallace back into central midfield instead, where he had some success in 2009. Or the next head coach may have had a great plan in mind for utilizing Branko Boskovic and Clyde Simms together in central midfield without the need for McCarty. Or the next head coach may be set in his preference for running a diamond 4-4-2 with a true No. 10 in the middle. United's current roster is very prohibitive to that formation.

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