D.C. United acquires Chris Rolfe

Ed Zurga

In a surprise move, D.C. picks up a longtime Chicago player and MLS veteran.

As today's practice unfurled, D.C. United announced that they acquired Chris Rolfe from Chicago for allocation money. The Chicago veteran is second on the list of goals scored all-time for the club and 7th in games played, both impressive considering his two and a half year absence from MLS playing for the Danish side Aalborg. Rolfe scored 8 goals in 2012, but scored half of that total in 2013 (despite more minutes played for the club). He started the opener this year before sitting out the next two with a bruised foot, and came on as a sub in last week's game against D.C. to relieve Quincy Amarikwa after the latter scored the goal which eventually led to the tie.

Rolfe made $225,000 in base salary last year, but was headed to the re-entry draft until he and Chicago came to terms on a deal this year (D.C. was planning to pick him if he stayed). Terms of the 2014 contract are not known yet, though Goff mentions Chicago will be picking up some of his salary. More thoughts on Rolfe's departure from Chi-town can be found at Hot Time in Old Town.

So what does this mean for D.C.? Well, in Rolfe you have a guy who can play on the outside wings as well as at forward, and his mind for the game is good, at coming to a team such as D.C.'s should help. Where he will fit remains to be seen, though in between him, Lewis Neal and Davy Arnaud, the midfield's average age is starting to make for a decent bowling score.

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