Oh Captain, my captain – gone again?
A member of the Union’s technical staff, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, revealed to Kessler Reports that the club was debating placing Carroll on the trade block.
Trading Carroll would mean a fifth captain in five years for the Union: Danny Califf in 2010, Faryd Mondragon (left as a free agent) in 2011, Califf in 2012 (traded), Carlos Valdes in 2012 (left on loan at beginning of 2013) and then Caroll in 2013.
If a trade were to happen, the Union would be willing to part with Carroll for an offer that involved some allocation money and a draft pick, according to a separate source that talked to Kessler Reports. Philadelphia would eat part of Carroll’s salary to facilitate such a deal and would most likely package what it received in the trade with other SuperDraft picks to either move up in the 2014 draft or to acquire a veteran MLS player.
Carroll’s salary in 2013 was $176,400, placing him among the upper echelon of salaries on the Union. Despite his status as a fixture in Philadelphia’s starting lineup, Carroll’s contract and age, plus the depth at his specialization (Gilberto Souza, Amobi Okugo), put him in a position to be traded by the Union.
The rest of the midfield will be a toss up in 2014 after the sale of Michael Farfan, to Mexico’s Cruz Azul, Kleberson’s loan ending and the expected departure of Roger Torres. Of the remaining midfielders on the team, only Danny Cruz and Keon Daniel have starting experience in MLS, other than the returning Zach Pfeffer.
The 32-year-old joined the Union in Novemeber of 2010 after a long career with DC United and the Columbus Crew. Carroll won two MLS Championships and multiple Supporters Shields prior to Philadelphia’s acquisition of his rights for allocation money and a second round SuperDraft selection.