Thats great, but dont think you spend a sizable transfer fee, although it looks like they arent interested in spending any more than $1 million, on another LB if you dont have hopes that they are going to be in the XI most match days.
My hope if they bring in another LB is that they offload Pendant and/or Egbo
That's how MLS works now, sure, with wanting players with transfer fees to start. However, with the additional Youth DP spots, there will certainly be bench guys who had multimillion dollar transfer fees moving forward.
I think you can definitely have Pendant, Tolkin and Kahl (if he came) competing for time at LB. Competition can help clarify what success is. If someone rides the bench, so be it. If Tolkin beats out Pendant and Kahl, that's great - then he must be pretty good.
The Young DP title takes care of the hit caused by transfer fee as far as salary cap. The issue with Kahl, in my unresearched view, is that Red Bull obviously are not convinced Kahl is a good investment at the requested price. He looks like a good investment at $600k, but not $2.5MM. I dont think it necessarily means they dont like Tolkin.