The Union's midfield situation just got a little less clogged, as the team this afternoon announced that Andrew Jacobson has been traded to FC Dallas for their second-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Jacobson, 25, was originally acquired in the 2010 Expansion Draft from D.C. United and saw minutes in twenty-five matches last year for the Union, starting in thirteen. In his 1,294 total minutes, he registered eight shots on goal and three yellow cards.
Jacobson's physical presence and booming strikes on net from 50 yards out will surely be missed, but the Union coaching staff's situation of having to figure out how to handle a bevy of capable players in the middle just got a little less complicated, although it will take until 2013 to reap the tangible rewards from this deal, assuming the Union keep the pick.
Courtesy of FCDallas.com, Schellas Hyndman seems very happy to have picked up a player that essentially had become excess depth for the Union over the past few months, noting that "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"", and that he expects Jacobson to contribute to the club "immediately."
The full release from the Union after the jump.
Chester, Pa. (February 18, 2011) – Philadelphia Union today announced that midfielder Andrew Jacobson has been traded to FC Dallas in exchange for Dallas’ 2nd round pick of the 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Jacobson, a Union original, was acquired by Philadelphia on November 25, 2009 in that year’s Expansion Draft. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the trade will not be disclosed.
Jacobson came to Philadelphia from D.C. United and started in the Union’s first-ever match at Seattle Sounders FC on March 25, 2010. In total, the midfielder started 13 of 25 games with the Union, logging 1,294 minutes.
After graduating from Cal in 2008, the Palo Alto, Calif. native was drafted by D.C. United but decided to joinLorient of France’s Ligue 1 instead. In 2009, the midfielder returned to the U.S. and rejoined D.C. United, making 17 appearances in 845 minutes. He notched one goal for D.C. in a 2-1 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals.
Name: Andrew Jacobson
Birthdate: September 24, 1985
Birthplace: Palo Alto, Calif.
Previous Club: DC United
Pronunciation: Andrew JAY-cub-son
Philadelphia will open their second season in MLS on the road against the Houston Dynamo on March 19. On March 26, the club will face Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first-ever Home Opener at PPL Park.