It’s time for that annual tradition that is reviewing the MLSPU salary release to comment on the worst of United’s current bunch of overpaid geriatrics and medical cases.
Leading the list:
Troy Perkins (2.13 GAA, 66 SV%) $205k
Remember, not only does this take into account his $205k of guaranteed money, but it also includes the fact that United panic-traded both Fred and the 2010 1st round draft pick for him. Are those stats and his litany of errors in 2010 worth it? Not a chance.
Danny Allsopp (2g in 9 appearances) $180k
After struggling to get fit enough to get on the field Allsopp hasn’t exactly stunk (his two goals co-lead the team after all… sigh) but yet again I ask, is Allsopp a $180k+ player in MLS? The only reason he isn’t #1 on the list is that unlike Perkins he hasn’t singlehandedly cost us goals against and results. But with a pedigree like the Aussie A-League and Qatar, it’s not like anyone could see that he might come to MLS and struggle…. oh wait.
Cristian Castillo (0g, 0a), $120k
Now maybe Kevin Payne and DC management see him as a total success as he and his Salvadorean supporters have padded the attendance numbers at RFK, keeping United’s attendance around mid-table rather than closer to bottom of the league. Maybe to United, that’s enough, because God knows his performance on the field hasn’t been.
Jaime Moreno (1g, 0a in only 10 appearances) $160k
Is $160,000 too much to pay a bench player who has only scored only four goals from non-penalties since the beginning of 2009? Of course, and now with United’s new-found faith in direct (pound-it-at-Cristman-and-Allsopp)-style soccer, he sits on the bench most of the time, literally aging before our eyes while every one of us hears faint cash register noises in our heads each time we see him sitting there.
Keep in mind that I’m not even including Emilio’s $253k salary that’s listed because that does match with published info saying that, at least for now, Emilio’s cap hit is far smaller and not guaranteed.
But the big takeaway here is the very limited performance and lack of value of this season’s “big” new signings (Castillo, Allsopp, and Perkins). This is who DCU management thought could lead DC back to the playoffs. They haven’t even led DC to score over a goal-per-game.
United loves to swing its collective “thing” around with bold slogans like “We Win Trophies” and “It Takes More.” But as long as United cannot find even passable value for money in its big-money signings, the only slogans United’s supporters need to worry about are “Why Bother” and “How Far is Baltimore, Again?”