Omar Gonzalez and Luis Gil are off to Mexico, and another MLS veteran with USMNT caps could be leaving the confines of Major League Soccer as well.
Perry Kitchen, longtime DC United lynchpin, hasn’t made the progress needed to sign a new deal with his employers, and The Washington Post is reporting that Denmark and Germany are among the nations where he could next ply his trade.
Kitchen, 23, was linked to Lazio in November and is commanding a hefty raise. DC United has offered him better than a 100 percent raise in base salary, according to the Washington Post report, but the club won’t take him into Designated Player territory.
Sources said last week that United has offered more than $400,000 in base salary, presumably guaranteed for at least two seasons. Kitchen’s previous pact was worth $172,000 in base salary and $257,450 in overall compensation, according to MLS Players’ Union data.
Despite his age, Kitchen has nearly 160 appearances for the Black-and-Red. He’s a steady, hard-nosed defensive midfielder in his prime.
Money often talks when it comes to MLS, which is one of the reasons few begrudged Michael Bradley for coming back from Roma for a massive deal at Toronto FC.
But if DC isn’t ready to knock Kitchen’s socks off with big dollars, it won’t hurt the midfielder’s career arc — especially with Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team — to give it a go overseas. Unless Kitchen has an in with a Bundesliga side, the idea of 2.Bundesliga or Denmark’s top-flight isn’t overwhelming to fans of the national team.
Denmark’s UEFA coefficient is No. 21, below Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, and just ahead of Ireland, Turkey and Greece.