5/3/19 Update: FC Dallas announced today that it has acquired D.C. United’s natural first round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM). Additionally, the club announced that it has waived defender Marquinhos Pedroso, who was subsequently claimed by D.C. United off waivers.
Injuries, a new system and head coach could be to blame for the fall of Marquinhos Pedroso in Dallas this year. The fullback as been traded to D.C. United in exchange for a first round draft pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
Washington Post reporter Steve Goff first reported the trade on Tuesday morning, saying that FC Dallas would keep the cost of Pedroso on their books for 2019.
D.C. United trades 2020 first-round draft pick to FC Dallas for Marquinhos Pedroso, a LB in 4-man backline and wingback in a 5. Dallas apparently keeping salary on books. DCU needs immediate help with Mora out for awhile longer and McCann still on mend. #dcu #fcd— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) April 30, 2019
The 25-year old was signed last July via Targeted Allocation Money. Last year he made $330,000 according to the MLS Players Association. Seeing that FCD will pick up the tabs for him in 2019 is a bit surprising but also one of those things you can’t be too blown away by when you consider that he stumbled down the depth charts quickly under Luchi Gonzalez. Once Ryan Hollingshead emerged as a top candidate for the starting left back spot and with rookie John Nelson showing a lot of promise, Pedroso’s chances of playing time quickly vanished. (FCD also has a couple other academy players at left back that would be potential HGP signings down the road too, so they’re kind of solid in this position right now)
Pedroso has appeared in just two games for FC Dallas this season, starting one of those games a 1-0 loss at Columbus back in March. He’s failed to see the field in the last six matches.
With the new USL 1 club North Texas Soccer Club, Pedroso is too good to be playing in the third division, this will be an ideal move for him as D.C. is in need of left back coverage immediately.
The move also frees up an international slot. This is actually the second international slot freed up this season, Ema Twumasi is also getting his green card, which will help FCD be more flexible this summer.
What do you make of this trade? Do you feel FCD got fleeced in this deal or was this the right move with Nelson waiting in the wings?