First, an update on the Nolly situation and whether DCU will be compensated by RSL if he does not sign with MLS. Tom Soehn tells me, yes, in fact, United would receive a second-round pick in the 2008 regular draft. Nolly is not completely out of the picture yet, but the chances of him playing for D.C. ever appear slim. In general comments about DCU's pursuit of an experienced backup keeper, Soehn said they are still in the process of finding someone.
As you guys probably know by now, Rimando was traded by RSL to New York for future considerations today. So he's officially out of DCU's plans. But now the Red Bulls have too many qualified keepers, and Jon Conway appears to be the odd man out. I have not heard anything specific about DCU making N.Y. an offer, but it would seem to make a lot of sense considering Conway's experience last year. Conway made 48K last season and presumably would fit in United's budget.
As for United's new left-sided midfielder from England, his official name is Kasali Yinka Casal. He'll go by Kasali, but use his full three-part name for official roster purposes. Soehn said the club was made aware of him through their various networking and, after viewing countless videos, decided he had the potential to significantly help the team. They like his size and speed.
He will be classified as a youth international and take one of the 18 senior roster spots. A contract agreement has been reached and an official announcement should come soon. I do not know yet how much he'll get paid, but I'm estimating it's not nearly what Luciano Emilio will earn -- which should leave plenty left over for the club to sign another international and restructure some current contracts (Perkins, maybe Gomez...). Although Casal is with the club in Florida right now, however, there is no guarantee he will be eligible for the Champions' Cup quarterfinal series with Olimpia. His international clearance and work visa will take time, Soehn cautioned.
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