Dorman cashes in on chance as Revolution can't afford him - The Boston Globe
I came across this article by Frank Dell'Appa on Boston.com and had to chuckle.
Of course the Revolution could have afforded Andy Dorman. They have a Designated Player roster spot which allows them to sign anyone to an exorbitant amount of money to play for the team, and it doesn't count to the salary cap. The facts are the Revolution didn't want to sign him for that money because they feel he is not worth $400,000.00 per year. You know what? They're right.
Dorman started 27 games this year for the Revs. He showed signs of brilliance in the first half of the year, especially when Twellman was off with the US Team. He came up big in some games, scoring 7 goals over the first 15 games, and two of them coming against Toronto FC. However his production deteriorated severely over the second half of the season.
Since his game winning goal against New York in mid July, Dorman only recorded 11 Shots over the next 12 games, 6 of them on goal. What's even more staggering is that over the course of the season, Dorman only recorded one assist. This from the player who was supposed to be the play maker for the team - a catalyst, a replacement for Clint Dempsey. He did manage to record a shot in the US Open Cup final, but was subbed in favor of Wells Thomson, who produced the game winning goal.
Dorman would never start another game for the Revs. He saw limited time over the last three regular season games and was an unused sub during the playoffs. He came on for the last 12 minutes of the final, and recorded two shots that were well saved, but it was too little too late. Dorman's days were done as a player for New England.
The fact that Kraft Soccer didn't want to match St. Mirren's offer does not surprise me, especially when they are not even coming close to paying that kind of money for Taylor Twellman, their leading goal scorer or Shalrie Joseph, arguably the best defensive midfielder in the game. They also have outstanding rookies like Thomson and Adam Cristman they would like to keep, as well as star players like Michael Parkhurst, who is being heavily pursued by english team Fulham FC. Throw in up and coming Jeff Larentowicz and MLS Iron Man Steve Ralston and you can understand why they don't want to give big money to a player they obviously didn't value very highly. That money is better spent elsewhere - like finding some help on the defense and getting another goal scorer.