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United Signs Mupier; Open Cup Pairing Set

United filled one of its developmental roster slots today by announcing the signing of forward Mira Mupier, who had been on trial with the club last week.

Some background: DCU invited him to an indoor scouting combine in January and was impressed. However, Mupier wanted to explore European opportunities. Upon his return, the club brought him in for another look. He essentially takes the roster spot vacated by Kiki Willis, who left the team for personal reasons.

United's forward corps now includes Emilio, Moreno, Addlery, Kpene, Dyachenko (also a midfielder), North and Mupier. (Walker is out for the year with an injury.)

Meantime, Dave Kasper tells me that the club will not offer a contract to Swiss defender Kim Jaggy, who also trained with United last week.

The international transfer window is open until Aug. 15. Also of note: player contracts are guaranteed as of July 1, so if United is looking to dump a salary, they'll probably do it in the next 10 days.

Also today, United learned that it will play the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) or the Ocean City Barons (PDL) in the U.S. Open Cup's round of 16. Harrisburg and Ocean City will face each other next Tuesday in New Jersey. If Harrisburg wins, United would visit the Islanders on July 11. If the Barons pull the upset, United would host Ocean City on July 10 at Maryland SoccerPlex.

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By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2007; 5:17 PM ET
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what's the team's take on North? sounds like he didn't look too good during the game against Richmond. do they regard him as a prospect for 2008 or beyond?

how's Needham doing down in PR? if he does well can United sign him for 2008?

Posted by: pat | June 20, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

All hail MiMu!!!

Posted by: Henchlow | June 20, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Any word on how impressed? Is this guy a potential future starter or will he be just depth (not that that is a bad thing to have)?

Posted by: jgildea | June 20, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Where was he in 2006?

Posted by: Looking Dangerous | June 20, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. Would've thought for sure that the more likely situation was offer to Jaggy and pass on Mupier

Posted by: Max J. | June 20, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't Jaggy have to have used a Senior International slot since he's older and Swiss? You have to really impress to replace one of our existing Senior Internationals.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | June 20, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Mupier is developmental -- an easy and cheap signing to provide depth and fill out the reserve squad. Can't imagine we would see him in a league match very often, if at all. Even if the club liked Jaggy (and apparently they didn't), it would've been much more complicated.

Posted by: Goff | June 20, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Who cares!?

All we want to know about is TomKat and Beckham! Is his ankle getting 24/7 TLC so he can grace us with his presence at RFK?

Posted by: del | June 20, 2007 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Goff, I'm a little confused where DC is with roster spots at this point. Can you confirm or deny whether DC has an open senior roster spot at this point, on account of Walker's injury and DC receiving roster spot relief as a result?

Point being, if we sign someone to the roster, barring it being an international, we don't have to cut anyone at this stage to do that - right?

Posted by: bigkris | June 20, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Man, I want to whether we're really resigning Dom. Any updates?

Posted by: Colm | June 20, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

After all the moves (Walker on injured list, Kpene promoted to senior roster, Willis waived, Mupier signed to developmental deal), United has ONE roster spot available. It is for a developmental player. The club could add anyone that fits that description at any time and not have to adjust the roster.

However, if United signs a senior player (Mediate or someone else), the club would have to either cut a current senior player (Wilson?) or move a current senior player to developmental status (McTavish?).

Posted by: Goff | June 20, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

BigKris, I think I can field this one for you. Walker's senior roster spot was filled by Kpene, so there are none available right now. United has a Senior International spot available, but you need a senior roster spot free in order to fill that. There are no available Youth International spots remaining.

...I think.

Posted by: Goose | June 20, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't really have an "appropriate" thread for this, but just wanted to share an excellent slideshow article on the Post's sister site Slate about the lack of jersey tradition in the US:

Posted by: Shmoo | June 20, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Shmoo, thanks for that. I have always hated the constant change, not to mention the uniforms they actually change to (which is to say, there's never really been a good one). The day we get something resembling a true national team uniform will be the day Nike is out as kit maker, unfortunately.

By the way, the USMNT logo is due for an update too, no? Look at Ireland's - it's quite snappy.

Posted by: c-hawk | June 20, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

For those that thought the US's friendly against Catalan was a joke, Basque beat Venezuela:

I liked those red-striped kits from 94...

Posted by: RK | June 21, 2007 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I think the US Men's Jersey should become a traditional copy of the American Flag. We could red and white stripes like FC Dallas, but have the number on the upper right in blue, so that it would resemble the flag. They would wear blue shorts, with red socks. Very classy and traditional.

Posted by: DC United Fan | June 21, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

"Basque beat Venezuela"

HAH! Even Mexico beat Venezuela.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 21, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I like our third kit; not exactly a fan of the yankee's, but there is something undeniably american about pinstripes. I would consider myself more of a blue guy, than a red one. And we could switch up the stripes for an alternate jersey.

Posted by: J-Mart | June 21, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"I think the US Men's Jersey should become a traditional copy of the American Flag. We could red and white stripes like FC Dallas, but have the number on the upper right in blue, so that it would resemble the flag. They would wear blue shorts, with red socks. Very classy and traditional."

Posted by: DC United Fan | June 21, 2007 09:17 AM

Wow, you just the boot from Heidi Klum in this version of Project Runway. Are you color blind? Do you want the whole world to giggle at us? There is nothing classy about that getup you just described. Perhaps big floppy shoes and red noses for accessories? Does your wife dress you?

Posted by: Auf Wiedersehen | June 21, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

when did everyone become British, so that they could start using the word *kit*? Last time I checked, the common word was *uniform*? If we use the word *kit* you prov stab Uncle Sam and cool-aid-drinker Alexi Lalas in the back and the terrorists will have won.

Posted by: greg | June 21, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

For the American flag uniform idea... How about instead of printing the actual number on the jersey, we could just indicate the player's number by the number of stars? Like Donovan would have 10 stars, Ching 9 stars, etc. Now THAT would be classy!

Posted by: Shatz | June 21, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Greg: Get your bloomin' arse off the pitch, mate. We're having a bloody good chat about the smart colours that our chaps don for international fixtures and test matches. No need to muck it up with rubbish like that.

"Like Donovan would have 10 stars, Ching 9 stars..."

Funny. Why don't we just print the numbers in braille? Why? Because our uniforms were designed by BLIND PEOPLE!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 21, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I like red jerseys, for the USMNT uniforms. It seems to be what the Sam's Army folks wear anyway -- let them set the precedent.

Posted by: gringo | June 21, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I came late to the jersey discussion . . I think it was the Heidi Klum comment that caught my eye . . . . then multiple posts wit successive laughs later I remembered the old Caribou Fringe jerseys . . .

Posted by: de | June 21, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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