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United Updates

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.

By Steve Goff  |  February 9, 2007; 2:37 PM ET
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Comments

Will be a starter, or coming off the bench? From what I have read about him, I am pretty excited about his signing. He seems like a very explosive player who could provide a lot of scoring a take a lot of pressure off of Gomez, Moreno, and Emilio.

Posted by: Todd | February 9, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Bummer about Nick. I could have lived with anywhere else but there and LA :(

I'm kinda surprised he is willing to (potentially) play half his games on that field given that was attributed to art of the reason he blew out his knee in the first place.

-dave

Posted by: gnat | February 9, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Is the Kasal paperwork why Kasper was in England, or is he working on something else too?

Posted by: pat | February 9, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

They're getting kind of hard to hate, what with the DCU alumni group they got going up there....nah, what am I saying. It's the Pink Cows, they're easy to hate.

Posted by: DCU North | February 9, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Kasper was on a general scouting trip to England. No one specifically on his radar and very unlikely to yield any signings. Like I said in an earlier post, don't read much into it.

Posted by: Goff | February 9, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Steve-o,

Do we know what the deal is with Casal's acquisition? Is it a straight purchase, or is there some sort of loan or buy-back arrangement, or was he out of contract?

Also, what's Casal's take on the move? With so many Americans wishing they had the eligibility to play in England's lower leagues, what made him willing to come play in the US rather than a lower-level side in England?

Posted by: soccer nerd | February 9, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I have no answers for your questions. Unfortunately, I am not with the team in Florida. Upon their return to D.C., a Casal feature will be in order.

Posted by: Goff | February 9, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there's any evidence he was under contract in the first place with Fulham. They have academy's that are something like "soccer college" for 17 year olds for 2-3 years. They can often come play NCAA soccer afterwards as it's not pro (though in the last year or two the players sometimes sign pro contracts over there). Often a small fee is paid if these players sign pro elsewhere? Sounds like he could have made more over there in the English lower leagues (the reason many here would go there). Sounds more that he wanted to come to the US than came here for the money.

Posted by: anon | February 9, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

hey, at least it's an oustide midfielder. If he turns out to be good enough to start we can move Gros over to the right and have the starting 11 set.

with the long season ahead, I hope one or two of the young guys step up and become regular contributors to the team (Needham, McTavish, Dyachenko, J. Carrol, Arguez).

That said, we're going to need another forward of some type. Moreno is going to need some time off and Jamil Worker is fine but we'll need him to score all of DC's goals in the US Open Cup :)

Posted by: Diego R. | February 9, 2007 10:16 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Donnet? Did he just not make enough of an impression, was it a money issue or he didn't fit in DC's plans?

Posted by: Nick | February 10, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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