Goodbye Quintero; Hello Giroud?
Last night Minnesota United parted ways with their primary playmaker, Darwin Quintero, in a trade to the Houston Dynamo. In return they got versatile midfielder Marlon Hairston and $600,000 in allocation money over the course of two years.
Now, I know what you're thinking: Why tf would they do that? The offense already sucks, why make it worse? Well, it may just turn out to be for the best. Even though "the Scientist" has been United's top goal scorer the past two seasons, his play was pretty inconsistent. In big moments when goals were most needed, he (along with the rest of the offense to be fair) failed to deliver. Combined with a decaying relationship with manager Adrian Heath (reported by the Pioneer Press), and a $2 million contract option coming up next year, it makes sense for the Loons to move on from Quintero.
Last offseason the defensive third was the main emphasis of the team; this year it is the attacking third. The trade of Quintero potentially creates room for the team to build a revitalized offense to match its stellar defense. The question is, what players can they bring in to make this change? Well believe it or not I have some thoughts on the matter...
As you may know, we here at 10,000 Takes™ provide only the HOTTEST of takes, so grab your oven mitts cause this one's absolutely sizzling. I think the Loons should make an attempt at signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
'What?!' you say? The confusion is understandable, so let me lay it out for you:
His contract with Chelsea is up after this season, and his lack of playing time has led to question marks about where he'll end up next year. The Frenchman has said he would be very open to playing in MLS in the near future according to a September article by ESPN. The Vancouver Whitecaps have reportedly already thrown their hat in the ring, and I think Minnesota United should as well.
The pundits will call me crazy, the haters will be furious, but I won't back down from this take. Pursuing Giroud would add a much needed 'true' striker to the Loon's offense. He would also provide the insane star power that only sundowning European players can bring to MLS teams (looking at you Zlatan). United would be launched into the upper echelon of American soccer and experience the MLS Cup glory seemingly reserved exclusively for those damn coastal teams.
I don't know if its even fiscally possible, and I don't care if its realistic, but goddamnit Manny Lagos, make it happen.