Yesterday’s report of a big move from D.C. United could be the start of a trend. Following up on something that ESPN’s Taylor Twellman said last week on Sirius XMFC, we can confirm that United has engaged in preliminary talks with former Sporting Kansas City attacker Krisztian Nemeth to bring him back to MLS.
The 28-year old Hungarian striker scored 11 goals in 28 games with KC in 2015 before moving to Al-Gharafa of the Qatari League. Nemeth spent 2016 there, scoring 13 goals in 26 games, but is currently looking for back pay owed to him by the club before making a decision on his next club.
Nemeth has played both as a striker and on the wing, the role Peter Vermes had him in at Sporting while Dom Dwyer served as center forward. He can cut inside and take on defenders, and his track record indicates he’d be in line to start somewhere in United’s attack.
Yet it’s Dwyer’s name that we come back to. His move to Orlando City saw a holy hell crapton of allocation money go into Kansas City’s coffers. SKC almost had a deal with the Columbus Crew for the top spot in the allocation order, and given Sporting’s overt fondness for Nemeth and need for a Dwyer replacement, it stands to reason that they’re going to make the Crew a big offer.
Complicating matters further is that the holders of the second spot in the lineup (the New England Revolution) recently traded up 3 spots from #5 for...something. They recently signed a Designated Player in defender Claude Dielna, but the transaction didn't require the Revs to use that spot. Perhaps a grab and trade to D.C. is in order, but what would it take for United to make that deal? “Probably a lot” is all we really know.
Either way, T-minus nine days and change until the MLS secondary transfer window closes.