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More Trade Details.....

The Vanney-Erpen deal is now official.

As for salary cap implications, United will not inherit Vanney's $236,000 figure. Instead, as part of the terms of the trade, D.C. will continue to apply Erpen's number ($115,000) toward its cap and Colorado will keep Vanney's. After this season, each team will be responsible for whatever salary figure the players' contracts dictate. Keep in mind that MLS deals are year to year, so Vanney and Erpen will not necessarily earn the same amount next season.

What's next for D.C.? Perhaps another Brazilian.

United has arranged through its business partner in the Brazilian league, Atletico Mineiro, to bring in 18-year-old central defender VAGNER GEORGE SANTANA DA SILVA for a trial in the next week or two. As I understand it, if United likes him, they would be able to acquire him on loan for the remainder of the season and have an option to retain him next year. Vagner is with the Mineiro reserves (he's young) and the club itself is tied for seventh in Brazil's top division.

United is also apparently keeping its options open for a more experienced international player, as well. The deadline is Aug. 15, which gives D.C. time to assess its direction and determine where it needs to improve.


By Steve Goff  |  June 29, 2007; 2:22 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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