Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE
In what is hopefully the final outgoing player move, former D.C. United center back Emiliano Dudar has signed with FC Chiasso.
According to the official site of FC Chiasso, Emiliano Dudar has signed a contract with them until the end of this season, pending the traditional medical examination. Chiasso is in the second division of Swiss football and the move allows Dudar to return to a country where he had recent success and to a club for whom he played in 2007 and 2008. Since he left on a free transfer and did not go through the Re-Entry Draft, D.C. United will retain his rights should he ever try to come back to MLS, which I doubt.
Dudar fell victim to the fact that both of United's starting center backs from last season, Dejan Jakovic and Brandon McDonald, improved their play and consistency to a level where Dudar could not break through. I know many of us wanted Dudar back for 2013, albeit at a lower price, to be the rock solid third center back that he was last season. At this point in his career, however, it looks like he still wants to prove himself as a starter, even if he now has to go to a league that is a step down from MLS. And at this point of the league, it is hard to keep three starting quality players at one position on your team unless one of them is still on their rookie, homegrown, or Generation adidas contract.
We have had hints that this was coming, with Ben Olsen coming out and saying that Daniel Woolard will likely be the third center back this upcoming season. I would personally prefer that Woolard stay out left and that we move Ethan White up the depth chart, especially considering how thin we are at fullback right now. But talk of depth charts is still premature, as we know that more signings will be coming.