D.C. United decided to take a chance with Gonzalo Veron. (Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Gonzalo Veron won’t be performing any more late-match heroics for the Red Bulls.

If he agrees to a contract, he will have an opportunity to play for D.C. United.

United Thursday afternoon selected the Argentine forward-midfielder in Stage 2 of the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft.

The 27-year-old Veron was one of three players picked as the LA Galaxy chose veteran midfielder Servando Carrasco and expansion Los Angeles Football Club tapped midfielder Calum Mallace.

A disappointment for most of his 2 1/2-year Red Bulls tenure, Veron never lived up to his Designated Player status. He finished with 10 goals and four assists in 13 starts and 60 league appearances over 1,729 minutes.

Veron finally found himself this past season, usually as a second-half super-sub, creating or scoring goals. He finished with six goals and three assists in five starts and 24 matches over only 777 minutes.

Despite his production, the Red Bulls did not pick up the 5-8, 155-lb. Veron’s option after the season.

Veron earned a guaranteed salary of $500,000 this past season, according to the MLS Players Association.

The Washington Post reported that Veron was weighing offers from overseas.

“On behalf of everyone at the New York Red Bulls, I’d like to thank Gonzalo for his service to the club,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “We wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

PLAYERS SELECTED IN STAGE 2 OF 2017 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT
Rd 1 Player Team Former Team
1 Servando Carrasco, M LA Galaxy Orlando City SC
2 Gonzalo Verón, M D.C. United New York Red Bulls
3 PASS Colorado Rapids
4 PASS Minnesota United FC
5 PASS Orlando City SC
6 PASS Montreal Impact
7 PASS Philadelphia Union
8 PASS New England Revolution
9 PASS Real Salt Lake
10 PASS FC Dallas
11 PASS San Jose Earthquakes
12 PASS Sporting Kansas City
13 PASS Atlanta United
14 PASS Chicago Fire
15 PASS New York Red Bulls
16 PASS Vancouver Whitecaps FC
17 PASS Portland Timbers
18 PASS New York City FC
19 PASS Houston Dynamo
20 PASS Columbus Crew SC
21 PASS Seattle Sounders FC
22 PASS Toronto FC
23 Calum Mallace, M Los Angeles Football Club Seattle Sounders FC
Rd 2 Player Team Former Team
24 PASS LA Galaxy
25 PASS D.C. United
26 PASS Los Angeles Football Club