Jacobson (R) becomes NYCFC’s fifth player on the roster. (Image: USA Today)
New York City FC acquired FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson by trade on Tuesday. The expansion side shipped the modest price of a 2016 third-round draft pick to FCD in exchange for the 28-year-old holding player.
As far as transactions go, this swap warrants little more than a footnote for a team still months away from taking the field. NYCFC’s reaction to the deal, however, is quite a bit more notable.
In response to the swoop for Jacobson, NYCFC boasted about the strength of its five-man roster to the shock and horror of basketball teams and indoor sides everywhere.
Andrew becomes the second midfielder signed to the club after Frank Lampard made the move form Chelsea last week. Spanish striker David Villa, goalkeeper Josh Saunders, and defender Jeb Brovsky fill the remaining spaces in what must currently be New York’s best five-a-side team.
The statement isn’t as rash as it sounds. Times are tough for both New York basketball teams. Carmelo Anthony stayed with the Knicks this summer, but they are hardly Eastern Conference contenders given the weak supporting cast surrounding him. Brooklyn is paying the luxury tax from now until eternity without any flexibility to reinforce an aging team with little real chance to win the NBA title.
Serious questions quickly emerged. Is Melo a better scoring option than the combined strengths of Frank Lampard and David Villa? Can Jeb Brovsky or Josh Saunders repel Joe Johnson’s threat from deep? Will
These are the dilemma NYCFC asked us to ponder. The only problem: Jacobson quickly joined Brovsky and Saunders by securing a loan deal to fill the time before training camp. So much for the pickup game at Pier 40 to settle the matter, then.