The trade of Jose Burciaga Jr. to the Colorado Rapids was finalized today. Yesterday the terms of the deal were unknown, but today we have learned that the Wizards have traded the left back for a 2nd round draft pick in next year's (2009) Super Draft. Burciaga is only a year removed from a Best XI performance in 2006 where he had 8 goals and 8 assists, earning him the team's MVP award. 2007, though, saw Burciaga continue to be plagued by his defensive lapses. The most note worthy being his hand ball and his trip in New York that led to both of New York's goals in a game that could have kept the Wizards out of the playoffs for the third straight year.
Burciaga only saw garbage minutes for the team after that game. He finished the season with 2 goals and 4 assists. In the end the team weighted it's options between the good Burciaga brings (winner against Columbus, goal and 2 assists against Chicago) verse the bad (his screw ups in New York). It looks like the bad won out. It is a shame, though, especially with the work that the Jose Luis Burciaga Foundation has already done in the area. I hope they'll stay around and continue to do good in the city.