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United Trade in the Works

Big news on the horizon:

Apparently, United is on the brink of trading Argentine defender Facundo Erpen to Colorado for former U.S. national team defender Greg Vanney. From what I've been told, the players were told of the deal after the match. If all goes well and the trade is finalized, I imagine we would hear an official announcement sometime Friday.

Some things to consider, pro and con for both sides:

*Erpen makes $115,000, which is significantly less than Vanney's deal ($236,667), but I would not be surprised if part of Vanney's salary remains on Colorado's books.

*Erpen is 24, Vanney is 33.

*Vanney brings experience and consistency, while Erpen, though very good at times, has been erratic throughout his nearly two years in D.C.

*Vanney can play on the left or in the middle and has a tremendous left foot, but is not as athletic as Erpen. My guess is that DCU would like to pair him with Boswell in the middle and utilize his experience.

*Vanney is past his prime, but questions remain as to whether Erpen will ever mature into a consistent defender.

*Erpen will become a senior international player next year and would count against D.C.'s four-man foreign limit. At the moment, he does not because of his age. Without that concern, the club would have more flexibility with its roster construction next season.

So what else does United have up its sleeve? I'm really not sure, at the moment. With more than six weeks remaining for foreign acquisitions, D.C. has time to weigh its options and address other concerns. Is the club confident in Josh Gros's defending abilities at left back? Should the club begin to prepare for Gomez's possible departure after this season? How many years does Moreno have left?

No bonus quotes tonight. Game report here. Video highlights here. Player ratings below. Good night.

Perkins 7; Simms 5, McTavish 6, Erpen 5, Gros 6; Fred 7, Carroll 6, Moose 5.5, Gomez 6; Kpene no rating, Emilio 6. Subs: Addlery 6, Burch no rating, Dyachenko no rating.

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2007; 11:12 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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