We heard your requests, and stopped merely thinking “maybe we should have a place for discussing all the D.C. United rumors and moves that are coming today.” This is exactly that: a place to keep track of all the pertinent rumors involving United, and probably the rest of the league too, as the transfer window comes to a close.
Before we start, let’s pour one out for the rumors that couldn’t make it to today’s frenzy:
Nigel de Jong (uh, I guess participation in the pour-out over this one is optional)
Marcus Olsson (definitely didn’t forget this one, nope, no sir)
These rumors burned too brightly and left us too quickly. They will be remembered by us lowly internet nerds and joked about in wherever it is that fans tailgate in the future. Maybe tailgates will happen on a hover-lot? Probably a hover-lot. OK, definitely a hover-lot.
With the jokes out of the way, we’ll have rumors and transfers listed starting with the most recent developments. Here we go!
11:59pm: We are officially done!
On behalf of the whole staff, thanks everyone for following along with easily the most bonkers day in the recent memory of United, and in the history of this site. Enjoyed the comments whenever I could break away from working on pieces to read through, and also enjoyed seeing what seemed like happiness? In this fanbase, it’s a rare commodity in recent times.
Anyway, I need to stretch because I’ve been seated for so long. Looking forward to the brave new world United has entered as a team that actually isn’t broke. - JA
11:37pm: Arriola to DCU is official
With about half an hour left in the window, United got the final bit of paperwork faxed, notarized, stamped, or whatever else one must do to make transfers official. Paul Arriola is a D.C. United player. We don’t have 100% of the details (just the breakdown of the GAM and/or TAM being traded to LA to get his rights because of some questionable MLS rules allowing the Galaxy to demand a ransom), but the biggest move of United’s craziest transfer window is complete. - JA
11:23pm: #TTBomb has Nemeth going to New England
.@NERevolution getting Nemeth while $350k+ allocation goes to @ColumbusCrewSC (waiting on league approval) #MLS— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) August 10, 2017
The Nemeth saga appears to be coming to a surprising end. To refresh your memory: Nemeth was linked with KC, DCU, the Revs, and the Crew early in the window, but was also said to be considering staying in the Qatari league to ensure unpaid wages would end up becoming paid wages.
With United clearly moving on to Stieber and, later, Arriola, most figured he’d go to KC, who had traded Dom Dwyer and have a massive amount of allocation money. Instead, at basically the last moment, he’s apparently going to New England. This is a Revs team that signed defender Claude Dielna and then did nothing. Our friends at The Bent Musket have been far from satisfied as a result.
Now, is Nemeth a player they need? They’ve got Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez for their flanks, and Juan Agudelo and Kei Kamara are battling for their starting striker role. Their depth (Teal Bunbury, Femi Hollinger-Janzen) isn’t bad either. However, just to signal to their fans, it was important to do something. Revs fans can knock the specifics, but they can’t complain about a lack of activity now. - JA
10:32pm: DC is done. We think.
We're hearing that the announcements for #DCU are done for the day. Open practice tomorrow though, play hooky & hang out with us!— Black and Red United (@blackandredU) August 10, 2017
Some good life advice. Now rest. For a month or so. - RK
9:48pm: Sounders not done?
If Ives’ tweet has any legitimacy:
I'm also hearing the Seattle #Sounders are working on a deal to bring Calum Mallace over from the Montreal Impact. #IMFC #MLS— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) August 10, 2017
Having just brought hometown kid (and former DCU player) Lamar Neagle home, one would assume this is a depth piece of little consequence for them, but maybe they’re still stunned that their pursuit of Paraguayan (and Dynamo Kyiv) winger Derlis Gonzalez went down in flames. - RK
9:44pm: Nemeth may still return, but not to Sporting Kansas City:
Via SKC beat writer Sam McDowell:
It's unlikely #SportingKC makes a move before tonight's deadline, but there are options before MLS roster freeze in September.— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) August 10, 2017
It remains to be seen where Krisztian Nemeth plays in all this, as the winger posted on Snapchat with a message he was going...somewhere? But with the Columbus Crew yielding a bunch of money for Ethan Finlay, hard to see what SKC could tempt them with to get the brief target of DCU interest. - RK
9:38pm: Arriola and Canouse may appear Saturday?
Well, this would be nice for the Real Salt Lake game:
Don't br surprised if Arriola and Canouse are cleared to play (ITC) in time for Saturday match vs RSL at RFK. Miranda, Stieber next week.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 10, 2017
Arriola appeared in Xolos game last week with Monterrey so he’s certainly fit, but doubt he goes 90 while learning his new teammates on the fly, less so with Canouse. - RK
9:14pm: Goff with news on Sebastien Le Toux:
Looking like Le Toux will remain with D.C. United ... unless he decides to retire. #mls— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 10, 2017
He’d been pulled aside in training yesterday and the thought was he would be leaving too (a Western Conference team was said to be interested). But he came to DC to be closer to his wife and took a pay cut in the process, so he’ll get to see out his contract, which expires at the end of the season.
8:52pm: Late-breaking trade between Colorado and Orlando
With the MLS deadline looming I'm told Colorado Rapids and Orlando City are working on finalizing a Luis Gil for Dillon Powers trade. #MLS— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) August 10, 2017
This one’s a bit odd. Luis Gil was said to leave Queretaro in part to play for Jason Kreis in Orlando. Dillon Powers, in what turned out to be a big mistake, opted to not go to Europe despite having an Italian passport when he was out of contract and instead stayed with the Rapids, who have misused him frequently (as a #10 or even a couple of times on the wing).
They’re also similar positionally, but their playing styles are different. Powers has more vision as a passer and overall more technical ability. Gil, meanwhile, has quick feet and covers more ground. I’m not sure what the Rapids are up to pretty much ever, but Powers at least sort of fits how Orlando wants to play. - JA
8:02pm: Open practice at RFK tomorrow
Good idea, this. - RK
Come watch the newest #DCU members train tomorrow morning at RFK! https://t.co/AEMNeTqLXt— D.C. United (@dcunited) August 9, 2017
7:12pm: Russell Canouse to DCU is official
You all pretty much knew this was happening, but here’s your confirmation. Like his high school teammate Travis Worra, Canouse calls himself a fan since childhood and calls being a part of the final season at RFK “special” in this video the team posted:
From childhood fan to wearing the crest. Welcome to the ⚫️& , @RussellCanouse!#DCU Read | https://t.co/hAfTQFzVXh pic.twitter.com/dg56uykKxT— D.C. United (@dcunited) August 9, 2017
Central PA is becoming a DCU stronghold! - JA
6:58pm: Whitecaps move Dean to Chicago
Remember the 2014 draft when we were discussing if Steve Birnbaum shouled be picked or not? Well, the other choice at that point, defender Christian Dean, is on his way to the Chicago Fire:
NEWS: #cf97 have acquired defender Christian Dean from Vancouver in exchange for General Allocation Money.— Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) August 9, 2017
Details: https://t.co/qs53kbXexw pic.twitter.com/VmOkFUvUZQ
The Whitecaps get $50,000, an additional $50,000 in TAM if he starts 12 games next year (Dean has played in 12 total since being picked in the draft, dealing with injuries most of the time), and a cut of any transfer. The Fire add depth at central defense, hopefully he can right the ship that saw him so highly regarded. - RK
6:51pm: Loons go with a(nother) Tico?
José Leitón del @csherediano1921 es nuevo jugador del @MNUFC, los florenses lo harán oficial en próximos minutos— Keish Gómez M (@keishCRgomez) August 9, 2017
Minnesota United FC appears to be addng a midfielder/forward from Herediano to their lineup. Hey, worked for us, right? - RK
6:36pm: Aaron Maund to Vancouver
Surprisingly cheap for the Whitecaps, who get a decent CB for a 2018 3rd round draft pick. I’m not entirely sure what Vancouver is thinking, given they have Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, Andrew Jacobson (who has filled in there in the past), rookie Cole Seiler, and Canadian international David Edgar coming back next year, but cheap is cheap. - JA
6:06pm: Finlay to Minnesota is official
This one got a little tricky: Columbus gets $100,000 in 2017 TAM, $250,000 in 2018 TAM, and $75,000 in 2018 GAM for Finlay. Good business for the Crew, who are overstocked on the wings. No idea what Minnesota is doing, since speed and goals from out wide are near the bottom of their list of problems. - JA
5:48pm: If you forgot the Colorado Rapids exist, here’s a small reminder that they are real
#Rapids96 shopping Mekeil Williams to numerous #MLS sides to free up int'l spot, per sources. The T&T defender has made 9 starts this year.— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) August 9, 2017
Can’t imagine the Rapids are getting much interest in a not-quite-starter-grade fullback who takes up an international spot. Mekeil Williams is one of those players you have on your team and, while not actively minding his presence on the roster, you do wonder when you’ll upgrade. So look for this to either go nowhere or for someone to move a very minor piece to Colorado (think 2nd round pick at best). - JA
5:10pm: #Stibi says Hello, Goodbye in greater detail:
Today it´s a special day for me in my career: I signed a contract with DC United in the MLS and I am from today on a proud and happy player for #DCU with ambitous goals. I want to help the team to fullfill our main goals and bring joy and victory for the club and the fans. I am looking forward to this special career move and I am thankful for having had a wonderful time in Europe, especially in Germany which has become my second home. Now I say good-bye from Europe and the #Betze – all the best for the team! And hello DC – so excited to get to know you! Come On DC United! #DCU #stibi #mindensarvaronkezdodott #washingtondc #usa
Again...#Stibi. - RK
4:57pm: More information on DCU’s moves today
Steve Goff has a few notes in here that are worth discussing. First, he says that DCU was ready to pay the reported $1 million or so fee for Zoltan Stieber, but something unknown changed the deal and they got him for free instead. Which, hey, congrats Erick!
Goff also says Canouse required a transfer fee - no details on that - from Hoffenheim (his time with Bochum last season was via loan). The fact that he’s not a Young DP like Paul Arriola will be (provided there are no hiccups there) and that there’s no TAM being mentioned in that deal points to it being a very low figure.
Also, as we’ve been talking this over, it’s important to remember that Stieber, Arriola, Miranda, and Canouse will almost certainly not be eligible to play against RSL this weekend. Sebastien Le Toux - heavily attached to trade rumors, but as of now still on the team - seems likely to replace the suspended Lloyd Sam on the right wing this weekend. There just isn’t anyone else, unless Patrick Nyarko recovers from his concussion. Life is strange, fam. - JA
Special day in my career: Happy to be a player of @dcunited @mls!! Looking forward to get to know you #DCU #Stibi #Mindensarvaronkezdodott— Zoltán Stieber (@ZoltanStieber) August 9, 2017
Zoltan Stieber appears to have his own hashtag. Use #Stibi wisely, friends. - JA
4:33pm: LAFC confirms Carlos Vela is coming...well, we think they confirm it
August 9, 2017
LAFC has done some pretty dumb social media stuff, like just talking up random Premier League games or individual players not on their team, so there’s like a 1% chance this is some fun with graphic design rather than their way of announcing Vela’s arrival.
Assuming it’s not just some tomfoolery, LAFC adds Vela from Real Sociedad effective at the start of the winter transfer window. What this means is that between now and then, Vela is a Real Sociedad player (i.e. he’s not an LAFC player on loan there). Could get complicated if he gets hurt, but this might have been the only way to make the deal. - JA
4:26pm: Stieber’s sizzle reel has us possibly getting the vapors
A peek at what @ZoltanStieber brings to the District #DCU pic.twitter.com/0PIYBpv6a1— D.C. United (@dcunited) August 9, 2017
United just posted this goal round-up fro Stieber’s time in Germany. Given the range of goals here, and the movement involved in a few of them, it’s a view into what he might be able to produce here. - JA
3:50pm: Both Arriola and Stieber will be here for at least two full seasons:
Arriola's contract is through 2020. Stieber's contract is through 2019, plus a team-held option. #dcu #mls— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 9, 2017
That is a good length contract on players under 30 that will hopefully allow United to keep them through their prime. -BB
3:25pm: Popular MLS agent (and agent for Paul Arriola) is back in town
Arriola's agent (since deleted) #dcu #mls pic.twitter.com/8814S3QbjD— Ben Bromley (@BRUBromley) August 9, 2017
Looks like things are getting done! -BB
3:17pm: As expected, the Neagle trade was in part about doing right by Neagle
'Dc did Lamar a solid.' - lagerwey— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 9, 2017
This isn’t a major surprise. Lamar Neagle is from the Seattle area, and has deep roots with the Sounders as a club. With United adding three wingers in this window (as of now), the writing was on the wall. United might have been able to fight their way to a 3rd round pick by sending him elsewhere, but sometimes a club is better off long-term by maintaining a reputation of being good towards players. This falls in that category. - JA
2:43pm: FC Dallas have been quiet for most of the window, but they've made a deal on deadline day.
News: FC Dallas signs Venezuelan midfielder Luis Gonzalez.— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) August 9, 2017
Gonzalez has 3 caps for Venezuela. - SS
2:38pm: One possible explanation of United’s payment to the Galaxy:
For those wondering how #lagalaxy had Paul Arriola's rights, he qualified as a Homegrown Player since he spent time with their academy.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) August 9, 2017
Herculez Gomez has some opinions about the practice of having to buy a player’s rights from another team as well:
This is absolute— herculez gomez (@herculezg) August 9, 2017
2:34pm: On top of the money to Tijuana, it looks like United is sending money to the LA Galaxy for Arriola’s MLS rights:
Hearing that DC United will send around $500k in GAM/TAM to #lagalaxy in exchange for Arriola's rights. #DCU— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) August 9, 2017
Arriola left LA’s academy in 2012, so presumably the rules were different then; under the current rules, the Galaxy might get a part of the fee as a solidarity payment but wouldn’t have any claim on Arriola’s rights.
So that looks to be around $4M for Arriola before he even plays a game. -BB
2:29pm: More Arriola transfer fee info
Club-record transfer fee DCU playing for Arriola around $3.5M, source confirms. Massive statement. Wonder how that compares to Rafa's bail.— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) August 9, 2017
$3.5 million blows away the fee sent to Boca Juniors for Lucho last winter. Oh, and Rafael Marquez is being rung up on drug kingpin charges, so in case you were bored with all this other stuff, you can go read about that too. - JA
2:17: Ethan Finlay looks like he is heading to Minnesota United, but the price is pretty steep:
Initial amount I am hearing is $300k GAM/TAM split over two years, but details still being finalized, per sources.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) August 9, 2017
Maybe sometime today we’ll be able to breathe? -BB
2:00pm: Yura Movsisyan staying put
Hearing from multiple sources that Yura Movsisyan is expected to remain with #RSL.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) August 9, 2017
Good luck managing that locker room Mike Petke! - JA
1:48pm: Goffbombs galore
. @RussellCanouse seems set to join @dcunited from Hoffenheim: He trained with #DCU today. #mls— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 9, 2017
More details on @ZoltanStieber's arrival in DC from Kaiserslautern: No transfer fee. #mls #dcu— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 9, 2017
So to recap, in the last 10 minutes or so, DCU is as close as possible to landing a club-record transfer, another promising young American is already here training (all but confirming the Canouse deal), and Stieber’s reported million-plus transfer fee was actually a free transfer.
That last one is really interesting, because on one hand, that’s a far better piece of business. The seven-figure fee for him was the big stumbling point, at least for me, over whether this was a good deal or just desperation. On the other hand, plenty of fans want to see a tangible example of spending (though that concern is probably ameliorated by the Arriola deal).
Personally, I’m not so worried about whether DCU is spending their TAM or if rich uncle Erick is footing the bill. Just as long as good players are coming in. - JA
1:43pm: Paul Arriola to D.C. United it’s lit!!!!!!
Steve Goff is reporting that USMNT wide man Paul Arriola is “on the brink” of moving to the Black-and-Red. Our own sources confirm what Goff is reporting here: biggest transfer fee in DCU history, and Arriola is flying in as we type.
Oh, and a bunch of other stuff happened just now, this is ridiculous. - JA
1:36pm: Nemeth is going somewhere
Is Nemeth outright trolling us now? Below from his IG story today. @AndyEdMLS @SamMcDowell11 @downthebyline pic.twitter.com/WEsb8OhRvR— Drew VanderPloeg (@alvanderp) August 9, 2017
It's 2017, so monitoring Instagram for potential stories is a real thing. Krisztian Nemeth, who played for Sporting Kansas City in 2015, has been rumored to be heading back to MLS this transfer window. D.C. United were reportedly sizing up an offer, but SKC are also in the mix. Here, his picture seems to indicate that he might be headed somewhere on a plane today. - SS
1:22pm: Site was down for a few minutes
I sure didn’t panic and get very mad about this. Definitely handled it calmly and like an adult. - JA
1:04pm: Something’s up with Ethan Finlay
Don't see Ethan Finlay out here at #CrewSC practice, for what it's worth.— Andrew Erickson (@AEricksonCD) August 9, 2017
A longtime DCU fan target, Finlay has had a rough season production-wise, and the Columbus Crew’s addiction to signing wingers (in the last 6+ months, they’ve drafted Niko Hansen, traded for Kekuta Manneh, and spent $2.3 million to land Pedro Santos yesterday) points to him being on his way out.
United doesn’t really need Finlay after signing Stieber and Miranda, but he’s still someone folks have been carrying a torch for. Yesterday, the rumor was that he was heading to Minnesota, who probably don’t need wingers so much as defensive help for Francisco Calvo. You do you, Loons. - JA
12:03pm: Canouse is loose?
More news— Black and Red United (@blackandredU) August 9, 2017
Sources tell us Russell Canouse is in DC & could be signing with #DCU soon
Russell Canouse, the US under-20 who made 20 appearances for VfL Bochum last season in the 2.Bundesliga, seems like a probable addition sometime today. As a reminder, United just needs to get the signing done before midnight tonight. They don’t need to announce anything today, so we may have multiple scenarios where a player is signed, but not announced.
Anyway, Canouse is a holding midfielder, which United needs. However, his profile with Bochum this season points more to roving ball-winner than someone who really takes charge of the game from deep, blocking off zone 14 while functioning as a fulcrum for possession. We’ll see how true that actually is, but based purely on those inferences, he might be more of a replacement for Marcelo Sarvas than the Plan C after the giant name defensive midfielders fell through. - JA
12:01pm: D.C. United signs Zoltan Stieber from Kaiserslautern
This is the one we’ve been waiting on. Stieber’s visa and International Transfer Certificate aren’t completely processed yet, so don’t expect him to step in against Real Salt Lake this weekend. There’s also the issue of fitness: Stieber, coming from Europe, is probably only somewhere in the middle of preseason, so it might be two or three weeks before he’s starting games.
Anyway, it’s a big move on paper, and hopefully a game-changer for the Black-and-Red’s attack. - JA