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Andrew Jacobson

Recent developments are going to force me to write about the United SuperDraft selections (Supers?) in their actual order rather than reverse order. Wait... If Fullback claimed Suppies, can I claim Supers?

But anyway, this guy really isn't worth writing a full blog post about, and he's certainly not worth researching. Yeah you got that Andy, you're not even worth 5 minutes of my time.

In case you didn't hear, Andrew Jacobson, who was United's first selection in the SuperDraft (second round), will be joining FC Lorient of the French Ligue II. Jacobson could have possibly provided depth behind Clyde Simms as a defensive midfielder. Or then again, he could have provided about as much depth as Arguez provided last year. We'll never know.

So what does this mean?

In general for MLS... It means that a promising young player is choosing to play overseas, probably because the $17,000 salary that he'd earn on the Developmental roster won't get him into very many apartments in the DC area, and he doesn't want to have to wait tables on the side in order to survive. At least not when he can earn a decent living wage, but probably not a whole lot more playing time, with a second division European club. It's almost more of a wonder why more players DON'T go overseas right away if they can get an opportunity with a second or even third division club with more money and more contract flexibility.

In general for DC United... It means very little in my opinion. The SuperDraft is so hit and miss that this really doesn't bug me at all. Our second round draft pick last year was Brad North, and he's already out (although I did see him hanging around the practice field in street clothes on Monday). Lately, we've had about as much luck with our Suppies (McTavish, Kpene) as we have with our Supers (Moose, Dyachenko). And we've arguably had more luck than any other team in MLS at identifying foreign talent that fits our needs. So this doesn't bother me much.

Specifically for DC United... This is great news for the Carroll family. Jeff Carroll now inherits the role of second string defensive midfielder from his brother. And younger brother Pat Carroll now has a greater chance of making the team in a Developmental role.