Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft started at 2:00 PM CT and Sporting Kansas City wasted no time making a selection. With the 12th pick (keep in mind most teams passed), SKC selected Andrew Dykstra from D.C. United.
Dykstra has been the back-up to Bill Hamid over the last several seasons before losing that job to Travis Worra in 2016. United had four goalkeepers on their roster, which made Dykstra expendable.
Andrew Dykstra looks to slot in as the primary backup behind Tim Melia which will allow SKC to loan their recently promoted goalkeeper, Adrian Zendejas, back down to the Swope Park Rangers so he’ll get consistent minutes instead of languishing on the bench.
Dykstra has prototypical goalkeeper height at 6’4” tall and is still just 30-years-old despite seven years of MLS experience. As we know, goalkeepers tend to emerge later than field players and Dykstra still likely has a lot to give.
Despite playing in MLS for seven seasons he only has 31 career starts. A majority of those came when he was still a member of the Chicago Fire, who placed him on their developmental squad in 2009 after he was not drafted. He had 17 starts in 2010 for the Fire and put up a 5-6-6 record while allowing 21 goals.
Since that time he’s had five seasons with D.C. United, though only three of which where he saw the field in league play. In those 14 starts he has a record of 6-5-2 and has allowed 23 goals.
Dykstra likely won’t be counted on to be anything more than a backup and possibly to fill in during US Open Cup games or maybe even get some minutes with SPR to prepare for said games.In 2016 he carried a guaranteed salary of $85,700 but since he was taken in Stage 2 SKC will have the ability to negotiate a new deal with him and won’t be forced to pick up his option. He could very well end up playing at or near the league minimum or SKC could decide to seek out someone who will.