Trades, by their very nature, can lead to difficult and painful adjustments for the players and teams involved. Ex-Philadelphia Union midfielder Andrew Jacobson hasn’t had that problem.
“Look, I get to play soccer for a living,” an upbeat Jacobson told MLSsoccer.com after the Feb. 18 deal that sent him from Philadelphia to Dallas. “Not many people get to say that. They could ship me to Antarctica and I’ll be happy.”
For the Union, the trade continued an offseason of change while showing the club is committed to the future. In exchange for Jacobson, Philly received a second-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft.
Jacobson, who came to the Union after being selected from D.C. United in the 2010 Expansion Draft, was a role player for Philly last season, logging 13 starts and coming off the bench in 12 other games. The 25-year-old had eight shots on net but didn’t register any goals or assists.
Jacobson is the 11th player the Union have parted ways with this offseason, but the only one the club got anything back for; the others were either waived or lost through the Expansion or Re-Entry drafts as the club tried to change course after a disappointing 8-15-7 expansion season.
“They sat me down and were really nice about it,” Jacobson said. “They let me know what was going on and everything. … You know, they tried something last year and they didn’t like what they saw. Changes are made constantly. Things didn’t go as well as they hoped so changes needed to be made.”
Jacobson is anything but bitter. He believes he can earn more playing time in Dallas if he can develop into more of a well-rounded player. The transition was made easier since another ex-Union player, Chris Seitz, was already in Dallas.
Aside from a new start, Jacobson and his wife, Kelly are excited for the warmer Southern weather.
“It wasn’t too painful, to be honest,” said the California native about the switch in climates. “I think it worked out perfectly for everybody.”
If there’s one thing Jacobson regrets about his time in Philadelphia it's that he wasn’t able to unleash more of his rocket shots, which he admits is his most notable skill. Still, Jacobson says his one season with the Union was a positive one.
“They have a lot of great stuff going for them,” he said of the Union. “They have a great stadium, a great fan base and a great coaching staff. As long as they keep that going, I think they’ll be fine. I really do wish them the best.”