Thanks, but No Thanks
No official confirmation from D.C. United yet, but from I am hearing, Juan Sebastian Veron yesterday turned down the club's offer to play in MLS this season. However, he might reconsider this winter and join up for 2008. Again, this is just the initial buzz I'm hearing. I hope to gather more substantial information later today.
So, if this is indeed the end of the Veron pursuit for now, what is United's backup plan? Payne made it very clear in his interview with the Insider the other day that the club wants to continue to add Latin talent, but besides the one or two young Argentine prospects who might join the reserve unit, where will they turn for top-flight improvement? The international transfer window closes Aug. 15, although a player out of contract could be signed up until the MLS roster deadline in mid-September.
It seems pretty clear to supporters that, in its present form, United's roster is not good enough to win the MLS championship. What now?
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