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Vanney Deal Is Done

Facundo Erpen for Greg Vanney.

The deal is done. We're just awaiting the league's stamp of approval and the official announcement.

Colorado was trying to arrange for Erpen to travel with the team to Chicago today for Sunday's match against the Fire.

Vanney is hoping to catch a flight back to Denver today to gather his things. With United off this weekend, he is expected to join his new club in Kansas City for Tuesday's training session and play Wednesday against the Wizards.

From what I understand, this deal was in the works for a few weeks.

My take: United has always coveted Vanney, dating back to when he decided to re-sign with MLS in 2005 after a few years in Europe, and appreciates his experience and leadership. With Vanney in his 12th pro season and having just turned 33, this is clearly a decision for the very short term -- a run at the MLS championship this year. The club apparently felt it could not do that with the erratic Erpen. Are more moves on the way? We'll see.

Also, the league buzz is that, if the Rapids lose this weekend, Fernando Clavijo could very well be out as coach. No word on potential candidates.

By Steve Goff  |  June 29, 2007; 11:37 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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