Three quick points to make on Marcus Tracy, the former Hermann Trophy finalist who signed with Danish club Aalborg just before the 2009 MLS draft.
Tracy has re-signed with MLS and will go through a special, weighted lottery today (10 a.m. ET). New England (33.2 percent) has the best odds of grabbing the former Wake Forest striker, followed by Dallas (19.7 percent), Philadelphia (16.8 percent) and a then six other hopefuls, all with less than 10 percent chances.
- Roster deadline day in MLS is Friday, so Tracy could conceivable contribute this year. As he already has a deal signed with MLS, salary and contract length negotiations are not an impediment. However, a team would need to make roster space and salary cap room. The other option is a trade once he lands somewhere.
- Tracy’s ability to help a team now is hardly a slam dunk. While dealing with knee tendonitis during his time in Denmark, the 25-year-old forward made just 21 appearances for Aalborg. The club did not attempt to re-sign Tracy upon completion of his three-year deal.
- All the talk heading into that 2009 MLS draft was about forwards being the strength of the class. Only, it didn’t turn out that way at all – demonstrating once again that punditry and scouting in domestic soccer still lags behind other professional sports here. Top alleged prospects included Tracy, Mike Grella, Chris Pontius, Quincy Amarikwa and O’Brian White. Only Pontius has distinguished himself professionally among that group.