FC Dallas has acquired Andrew Jacobson from Philadelphia Union in exchange for a 2013 second round pick. Jacobson is a big, strong, and mobile central midfielder with a tough defensive streak. A player I quite liked at the combine a couple years ago, Jacobson is a good passer and ball handler for a deep playing mid of his size. A reminded me of Matt McKeon a bit, if anyone else goes back that far in MLS.
Jacobson will most likely back up Daniel Hernandez, but could compete for the McCarty linking spot. Like Hernandez, Jacobson could probably play center back in a pinch. Don't under sell the Kevin Grimes Cal Bear connection here, as Hyndman will know this player well from Grimes.
What this means for Bruno Guarda and Bruno Martins has yet to be seen, but Jacobson's arrival at this point of the pre-season can't inspire confidence in them. Guarda did play mostly as Dax McCarty's back up last season, but Eric Alexander seem ahead of him in that spot as well. It even begs the question if perhaps first round pick Bobby Warshaw may not be up to standard at this time.
Here's FCD's PR on the move.
FC Dallas acquires midfielder Andrew Jacobson
Midfielder joins defending Western Conference Champions from Philadelphia Union
FC Dallas acquired midfielder Andrew Jacobson from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for the club’s second round natural selection in the 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, the club announced today.
“I’m very happy to have Andrew join FC Dallas,” said head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He’s a very good player, a center midfielder who will also go back in defense. He brings size to the team, but he’s also got very good soccer feet and might seem like a 5’10” player rather than his actual 6’2”. He comes from a great program under Kevin Grimes at Cal, and I see him contributing to this team immediately.”
Acquired by Philadelphia in the 2009 Expansion Draft, Jacobson started 13 of 25 games and played a total of 1,294 minutes for the Union in 2010. Prior to joining Philadelphia, Jacobson made 17 appearances, totaling 845 minutes in the midfield for D.C. United during the 2009 MLS season. Jacobson scored one goal during the 2009 season. The goal came in a 2-1 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
“Andrew will be a good addition to FC Dallas,” Technical Director Barry Gorman said. “It was an opportunity for us to pick up an experienced player in a covering position.”
Jacobson played with FC Lorient of France’s Ligue 1 in 2008 and was named to the U.S. National Futsal Team roster, playing in four matches at the Futsal World Cup in Brazil. He was a NSCAA First Team All-American, a member of the All-Far West First Team and PAC-10 Player of the Year as a senior at Cal. He had 11 goals and 13 assists in 83 appearances for the Bears.
Name: Andrew Jacobson
DOB: Sept. 24, 1985
Birthplace: Palo Alto, Calif.
Previous Club: Philadelphia Union