Philadelphia Union release David Myrie–is Cristian Arrieta’s signing a done deal? [updated]
The unforgiving reality of professional soccer struck home for one Union player today. David Myrie, the former Costa Rican international who started in his first MLS game, played poorly, and left the field limping against the Seattle Sounders last Thursday, was released by the Philadelphia Union earlier today.
The move took many by surprise. Though Myrie started in the Union’s first game, most MLS commentators regarded him more as a prospect than a game-day contributor. Myrie signed with the Chicago Fire in 2009 but made no appearances for the club. He was one of the ten players the Union chose in the expansion draft last November.
This is what I had to say about Myrie last January:
Myrie is the biggest question mark on the back line. The former Costa Rican youth international did not make any appearances for the Fire last season. In a recent interview with Goal.com, Nowak gave some indication of how sees Myrie fitting in to the Union’s plans:
“Myrie, however, didn’t represent an unknown quantity to the Union. Hackworth had seen Myrie play during his days with the Costa Rica youth national teams – Myrie went to the 2005 U-17 World Championship and the 2007 U-20 World Cup with the Ticos – while he coached the U.S. U-17s and reported favorably on him. Add in Myrie’s lineage – his brother, Roy, is a defensive stalwart in the Costa Rican side who has made two appearances for KAA Gent in Belgium this season – and the Union believed picking Myrie over more proven quantities was worth the risk.
That was good because nobody really knows about him,” Nowak said. ‘John was looking at him and he knows how he plays from his old days with the national team. We have a lot of good reports. His brother’s a high profile guy, so his background is important too. He wants to be better than his brother. His brother is a valuable member of a European team, so now he has all of the motivation to be the same. That’s one positive sign.’
That’s all well and good, but expect another defensive signing soon–don’t expect to see Myrie as a regular starter next season
Nowak likely cut the Costa Rican to make room for Cristian Arrieta, a 30-year-old defender for the Puerto Rico Islanders who, according to multiple reports, is on trial with the Union [update: Myrie’s dumping may also be related to Danny Szetela’s reported tryouts with the Union). It’s doubtful Myrie was cut to make room under the salary cap. He earned only $34,000 last season (and likely a similar amount this season), making him one of the cheaper players on the side.