Is Hassli The Type Of Player That Payne Would Have Wanted?

By Michael Gardner Waking The Red

Things that make you go hmmm: Hassli before Payne?
The option on Eric Hassli was exercised a day before Kevin Payne assumed the President and GM title. Did Earl and Paul rush to grab the cookies while they had the chance?

Like most of you, after listening to the Kevin Payne news conference and after talking with folks connected to DC United, I am struggling to label this strange new emotion… optimism. A man with a plan and the experience to implement it. He would be making the decisions, in consultation with his staff of course but make no mistake, he was going to turn this around.

Sigh. You had me at “Hello.”

As my wife reminds me, the honeymoon phase doesn’t last very long. My eyebrows immediately assumed their “WTF” position when I was clicking around the TFC website and I re-read the decision to exercise the option on Eric Hassli just two days ago.

It’s not so much that they did it. Most people expected the option to be exercised. What bothered me was that this decision was executed on the day when the inbound President and General Manager officially leaves his DC United role and 24 hours later assumes his post in Toronto.

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