Steve Goff is reporting that Dwayne De Rosario, 2011 MLS MVP and a key part of the 2012 team that almost made the MLS Cup Final, will not be returning to the team in 2014. This news comes on the same day in which we found out that Marcelo Saragosa, Lionard Pajoy, and Carlos Ruiz will also not be returning to the team. According to Goff's article, the team declined to even attempt to renegotiate De Rosario's contract.
Given that 55% of Black and Red United readers gave DeRo the "Or Death" option in our recent poll, it has been clear that there has been dissatisfaction in that way that the team's captain has played this year. If you combine his salary with the salaries of the rest of the players cut today, it adds up to almost $1 million in free space going into next year, even before all of the allocation money that the team has.
Despite what some have said, even on this site, I think that the trade for DeRo in 2011 was the right move to make, even given the way that Dax McCarty is playing now. DeRo gave the team its best chance at winning in 2011 and 2012, and if he had not gotten injured in 2012, who knows what the team might have accomplished. He also helped will the team to the US Open Cup this year, a feat that would not have been accomplished without him. While I will be sad to see him go, this seems like the right time.
Give us your favorite DeRo moments in the comments, and let us know if you think this was the right move for the team.
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