It has now been a week since the MLS SuperDraft, where Dave Kasper said that D.C. United was close to reaching an agreement with Fabian Espindola. The Argentine striker was taken in the second stage of the Re-Entry Process, which required the team and the player to come to a new contract agreement. Espindola only made $150,000 last season, but was rumored to have a massive contract option that prevented any team from taking him in the first stage.
After first rumors that the negotiations were not going well (likely just a ploy to get leverage), rumors out of Argentina are now saying that Espindola and United have come to an agreement on a contract, with Espindola en route to join D.C. United in Washington for the beginning of training camp.
As we have said many times on this site, actually getting Espindola under contract is key. His penchant for floating left actually works perfectly with this team, allowing Chris Pontius to cut inside as Espindola goes wide, hopefully creating havoc for defenders. The announcement of this deal, should it be finished, and the contract extension for Eddie Johnson are the two biggest outstanding deals left for the team to finalize. Any other large deals would come as a surprise to all of us. Now that it seems as though Espindola is firmly on the team, we can now look forward to him fitting in with the rest of United's much improved attack.
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