Jacobson, a holding midfielder, has started 21 games in the past two years spent at Philly and DC. He becomes the second Philadelphia player to come to Dallas this off-season joining Chris Seitz.
I really like this move personally as Jacobson is still pretty young at 25 and should provide some quality depth backing up Daniel Hernandez and Eric Alexander in the center of midfield. It's a low cost purchase as Jacobson made the league minimum 40k last season and second round draft picks are nothing to FC Dallas who has all the home grown players.
This also likely spells the end for Bruno Martins here in Dallas and will make things very tough on Bruno Guarda as well.
From Scott Kessler of Brotherly Game:
This is what I wrote before the Expansion Draft on why I wouldn't protect him as part of the x11:
"Jacobson is a physical specimen, someone who could dominate in soccer if his technical skill matched up with his physical talent. He would be quite the player if he could improve his game. My choice for the second post-11 draft protected player after Harvey."
At 6'2", 185 he's physically intimidating over the middle but lacks the soccer intelligence or technical skill to properly employ that physical ability. Jacobson has a wicked shot from 20-25 yards out but typically fails to place it anywhere near the net. Overall his offensive game is a push because he can help but normally does not.
On the defensive side of the ball he's an average tackler. No worries about a Nigel de Jong karate kick or a Paul Scholes-like outing with tackles. He, however, isn't someone that is relied upon on a to halt a majority of progressing attacks. After the Union took him from DC United in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft, Jacobson factored in 25 games (starting 13) but never really found a place on the team where he could get consistent playing time.
Plenty of physical potential with a disappointing amount in terms of soccer ability.
Stay tuned later tonight as I'll get some stuff from Schellas and Chris Seitz on the move after the SMU game.
FCD presser with quotes from Schellas and Barry Gorman after the jump
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas acquired midfielder/defender Andrew Jacobson from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for a second round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced today.
“I’m very happy to have Andrew join FC Dallas,” said head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He’s a very good player, a center midfielder who will also go back in defense. He brings size to the team, but he’s also got very good soccer feet and might seem like a 5’10” player rather than his actual 6’2”. He comes from a great program under Kevin Grimes at Cal, and I see him contributing to this team immediately.”
Acquired by Philadelphia in the 2009 Expansion Draft, Jacobson started 13 of 25 games and played a total of 1,294 minutes for the Union in 2010. Prior to joining Philadelphia, Jacobson made 17 appearances, totaling 845 minutes in the midfield for D.C. United during the 2009 MLS season. Jacobson scored one goal during the 2009 season. The goal came in a 2-1 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
“Andrew will be a good addition to FC Dallas,” Technical Director Barry Gorman said. “It was an opportunity for us to pick up an experienced player in a covering position.”
Jacobson played with FC Lorient of France’s Ligue 1 in 2008 and was named to the U.S. National Futsal Team roster, playing in four matches at the Futsal World Cup in Brazil. He was a NSCAA First Team All-American, a member of the All-Far West First Team and PAC-10 Player of the Year as a senior at Cal. He had 11 goals and 13 assists in 83 appearances for the Bears.
- Name: Andrew Jacobson
- Position: M
- DOB: Sept. 24, 1985
- Birthplace: Palo Alto, Calif.
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 185
- Previous Club: Philadelphia Union