MLS News: Philadelphia Union Release Defender David Myrie

Ralph DunhamContributor IMarch 31, 2010

SEATTLE - MARCH 25:  Sanna Nyassi #23 of the Seattle Sounders FC  is fouled by David Myrie #21 of the Philadelphia Union during a game at Qwest Field on March 25, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
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On November 25, 2009, Costa Rican International David Myrie was selected by the Philadelphia Union in the MLS Expansion Draft.

On March 25, 2010 he made his MLS debut at fullback in the Union's first game of the season.

And on March 30, 2010 he was released.

Such is the curious case of David Myrie's brief career with the Philadelphia Union.

David Myrie was an unusual selection for Philadelphia in the expansion draft. Myrie had been signed by the Chicago Fire two months before, but had not made any league appearances with the club.

Regardless, Piotr Nowak and the rest of the Union coaching staff took a flyer on him, hoping to unlock his potential. He played solid if not unspectacular football during the preseason and was a surprise selection in Nowak's starting 11 for the debut game against the Seattle Sounders.

Five days later he was released. Starting defender to unemployed in five days is quite a transition.

Anyone that watched the game or even highlights of the game would agree that Myrie certainly did not make the best impression. He was repeatedly beaten down the wings by Fredy Montero, often appeared indecisive, and made many rash tackles.

Despite this, it still seems odd that it took only one game for Myrie to go from being deemed capable enough to start to being deemed not worthy of a place on the team. Perhaps there are some events that the average supporter was not privy to, training ground dust-ups or displays of poor character, that might have swayed Nowak's opinion, but at this point that hardly matters.

It is still early in the season and Nowak and the coaching staff will continue to tinker with the lineup as we progress. By the end of the season it is doubtful that we will even remember the strange case of the short Union career of David Myrie.