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[UPDATED: see notes toward the bottom]

Greetings, just back from practice.

As some of you already know, Welton Carlos Silva, a 28-year-old Brazilian forward, has joined the club for an extended tryout. He will be with the team all week and, according to United technical director Dave Kasper, likely travel with the club to Florida for additional workouts. He is NOT the Welton who played in MLS several years ago and remains, by the way, the highest-scoring Brazilian to ever play in this league.

The current Welton has played in Brazil, Hungary, Israel, France and Saudi Arabia. He was close to reaching a deal with a Dutch club this winter, but it fell through.

But wait, there's MORE!

On Saturday, when United arrives in South Florida for a week of training, they will be joined by Jamil Fearrington, a 20-year-old defender with U.S.-Danish citizenship who has been with FC Copenhagen for many years and now wants to play in the States. Here's a good story about him from last fall. United has received permission from Copenhagen to bring him in for a tryout.

Other tidbits:
*The RFK field was in the process of being converted from baseball to soccer today. The baseball shape remained in place all winter, but without the infield dirt (just the shallow gully). "It will be fine. We don't anticipate any problems on Thursday," Kasper said.

*Kasali Yinka Casal received his U.S. work permit in London and will rejoin the team in a few days. He will not play Thursday but should be available for the semifinals, assuming United advances.

*Ryan McIntosh is working out with USL teams in search of a contract and regular playing time. Which means United will likely offer Shawn Crowe a developmental contract to be the No. 3 keeper.

*If United advances in the Champions' Cup, it will host its semifinal leg on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m.

*Former Terp Robbie Rogers is close to signing with MLS after a short stint in the Netherlands. I'm told that his club would be determined by a weighted lottery.

I'll leave you with the line of the day, courtesy of Ben Olsen. After rookie Guy-Roland Kpene (Ivory Coast) scored during a drill, Olsen shouted out, "That a boy, Drogba!"

By Steve Goff  |  February 27, 2007; 4:29 PM ET
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