The fee is $2.8 million, a modest amount for a top center forward. That’s a fraction of what Aaronson (likely $9 million after incentives, plus others to come with a healthy sell clause) and McKenzie ($6 million) were moved for. It wouldn’t be a club record for many other MLS teams, but it still represents another progression for a club that continues to reach new heights.
“First and foremost it’s about the quality of the player,” Tanner said of the club record fee. “We spend continuously, it’s not a problem. We spend very well and very efficiently, it’s a path that we will never get out of. It’s the culture that we have established and that has been proven. The question is what we are going to achieve in the future, the goals are getting higher and higher.
Uhre, 27, has just completed a career year and his first cap for Denmark. The centre-forward won the Danish Superliga Golden Boot last season and was named the league’s Player of the Year. Even at a club-record price, most see it as an incredibly fair price, if not a bargain, for a club that specializes in identifying undervalued talent.
“The pressure is not on him,” Curtin said. “We signed him and we wanted him for a reason. It’s our job, the technical staff and the players, to make it easy for him. He just needs to be himself and over time, things will take care of themselves.