NOTE: This is an honest question, and has nothing to do with ADU, only his salary. Please Do not comment on him! The Union have ~2.8 million in Salary Cap to fill the roster. A DP counts $350,000 toward that cap. I'm assuming Adu is a full $350,000 hit. I realize the owners are paying more than that but since this is only about the cap we only need to focus on the $350. My question is, with such a tight cap, can a team even be competative, if they have to write off $350 and essentially lower our cap space to $2.45 mill? It seems our choices are: 1) Buyout (i'm not sure when the deadline is, but you have to do it before the season starts). 2) Trade: even if we have to pay part of his salary, so that it isn't a full cap hit. 3) Pay his salary during the season while waiting for someone to pick him up. 4) other option i'm not aware of. MLS teams aren't flush with money, but have we seen teams buyout a DP salary? So back to my question: If we can't get a trade by the start of the season. How competitive can we be, by essentially lowering our cap?