With long term injuries to Rich Balchan, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, and still waiting for the return of Chris Schuler, RSL needed to add some depth at centerback as we enter the dog days of summer and very important stretch of the season. While it may seem a bit strange that RSL would go to the team at the very bottom of the MLS table, it would be hard to lay any of the blame for DC United’s struggles on Brandon McDonald.
Brandon is a 27 year old 6’1″ center back for whom RSL will be his 4th MLS club in 6 seasons, he started with the LA Galaxy, then spend 2 and a half seasons with San Jose before joining DC United. Last year with all the success that DC had, it is important to note that McDonald played in 33 of 34 regular season matches and had almost 4,000 minutes over the course of the season. He has seen limited action this year, due to injuries and to be honest the continuing struggles this year of DC. A couple of bad matches for a player on a bad team and your confidence can be shot (we have seen this before) but perhaps a new start is just what the doctor would have ordered in this case.
He did go the full 90 minutes against RSL in week 2 of the season, that match was one of two wins so far this season for DC United. RSL knows him well as he has 6 starts and played in 8 matches against RSL since joining MLS. He is big, physical and not afraid of contact, I think in combination with our current guys he could be a great fit and should also provide RSL with another target player on set pieces. It will be exciting to see how he approaches this phase of his career, one downside is that McDonald is cup tied to DC United, so he won’t be able to play for RSL in the US Open Cup.
That’s How I See It.