If you were the general manager (sporting director?) of the New York Red Bulls, would you turn down an offer of multiple draft picks and $225,000 in allocation money in exchange for midfielder Dax McCarty? If you answered yes, then congratulations, because you made the same choice that the Red Bulls did (reportedly). Kristian Dyer of Big Apple Soccer reports that an anonymous source spoke of the offer being made by Orlando City SC and the Red Bulls rejection.
The offer makes sense for Orlando City. McCarty is a proven MLS commodity and is a really good piece on the defensive side of the ball. He's also a local kid who grew up near Orlando, so he'd be a great sell to the local fans. Of course, McCarty also has a lot of value to the Red Bulls.
30 starts each season he's played and a calming factor in front of the back line. The later more important now that the back line is basically being rebuilt. He's also only 27 years old, and while he has played a lot, he's still young enough to be a major player in the youth movement that the Red Bulls have started. The team will need veteran presence, and McCarty is a good part of that. Some fans have even advocated for McCarty to get the captains armband over Designated Players Tim Cahill and Bradley Wright-Phillips, proof of how respected he is in and around the team. While Orlando was willing to pay what amounts to a king's ransom in MLS terms, he means more to the Red Bulls and is worth holding onto.
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