Are negotiations between D.C. United and Fabian Espindola going poorly?

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

According to Major League Soccer's correspondent in Argentina, negotiations between D.C. United and Fabian Espindola are not going well.

We often forget that, in the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft, the team and the player must negiotiate a new deal. While typically seen as an advantage for the team, who can usually get players at lower than their option salary, there have been a few instances where the two sides have been unable to come to an agreement. For example, Baggio Husidic was drafted by the Colorado Rapids, but instead left MLS to play for Hammarby in Sweden.

According to Major League Soccer's correspondent in Argentina, negotiations between D.C. United and Fabian Espindola are not going well.

Most players selected in the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft are not signed until late January or early February, so there is still plenty of time for the two sides to come together. And there is history in Espindola's own story: Espindola was released by Real Salt Lake after the 2008 season when they decided not to purchase his contract. After a brief return to South America in early 2009, Espindola did came back to the league at a lower salary then he was making the year before. This leak could also be a leverage tactic by Espindola's camp in order to try and get more money or more years. However, we should not take it as an absolute that Espindola, who has plenty of experience in South American leagues, will stay in MLS.

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