We remain focused on this transfer window, as well the summer window for something a little bit bigger. We are lining up options for summer.
What regions in other parts of the world have you been zeroing in on for international signings?
DK: "We have scouted all around the globe in the past six months and have some good options that we are tracking for now and in the future. The scouting process takes time to implement. For example, the actual signing dates of Luciano Emilio and Christian Gomez (two MLS MVPs while with United) happened several years after they were initially scouted. We are happy that ownership has committed resources to this end, and we look forward to future outcomes."
Before the season began many people here held on to the idea that DC was going to bolster the squad with mid-season acquisitions. Kasper said they had summer options. "Bigger" is a vague adjective but Kapser has made similar statements about "bigger" players being easier to acquire in the summer, like Gomez, Boskovic, or recently by another team Dempsey. So it is reasonable to expect significant summer signings were apart of the plan. Who are "bigger" summer signing players?
The Millionaire Designated Players
Not to speak for everyone but I don't think anyone believed this type of player was coming in this year or next or even the year after that. Although I cannot find the statement I am fairly sure either Olsen or Kasper ruled this type of player out early on (but since I can't find the evidence maybe that's just revisionist by me).
Experienced Quality Starters
The several thousandaire player. This is the type of player I expected. Some one making a couple hundred thousand, be he a designated player or not. A new Gomez or Boskovic, an international Pontius. The player with experience and effectiveness. Experience being a starter or semi-regular. Effectiveness, most easily measured for attacking players, with 10 plus goals and/or assists for their most recent years.
I asked if all the targeted acquisitions are attackers.
"It's a variety. We could use some help in a lot of areas. And when I say ‘help,' I don't mean starters necessarily. I mean guys who can compete for starting spots, but also depth. [.....]"
My expectation shifted from the quality starter type of player after the following quote from Olsen indicating they're going after "depth" guys. And who they acquired doesn't really fit my image of a "depth" player, for example, a journey man like Lewis Neal.
Chance and the Unexpected
This isn’t to say I don’t like the new acquisitions. I do. But I doubt the team planned on any of them. Not Martin choosing to play in mls and not either staying in college or skipping to Europe. Not Jeffrey coming to mls and DC winning the lottery. Not Doyle coming to mls and DC winning the lottery, again. And certainly not Toronto decided they don’t want a skilled, inexpensive, young attacking player.
Maybe my inferences about "bigger" and "depth" are off base but do these player acquisitions seem planned?
Where did all the "bigger" players go?
Well, with that summer transfer window closing (still a month left to bring in free-agents) I don’t see any new acquisition that would be called "bigger" or anything that could be called a plan. Granted the season went down the tubes and realistically no one player or even a few players were going to save the season but that shouldn’t preclude the team from bringing in whatever high quality player they were planning on. Even if the season was over why wouldn't you bring in the next Gomez or Boskovic? In fact that's exactly what they did with Boskovic in 2010. If they had true quality players lined-up, where are they?
So what was the mid-season summer acquisition plan? And why abandon it (if there was one)?