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United Roster Analysis

The expansion draft is fast approaching, the college draft is two months away and decisions must be made about contract options. Trades are surely brewing and international signings seem certain. So where does the current corps of D.C. United players stand? Players are given one of four labels: Job Is Safe, Job Appears Safe, Future Uncertain, or In Danger of Being Waived.

GOALKEEPERS
Troy Perkins: One of the better keepers in MLS, rescued United in several games, but also conceded a few soft goals. Would benefit from stronger competition for playing time. Job is safe.

Jay Nolly: Did not fare well in his only starts, but is capable of being a solid backup in this league. Job appears safe.

Shawn Crowe: Entered the year as a project, ended the year as a project, with a knee injury disrupting his work in between. In danger of being waived.

DEFENDERS
Marc Burch: a revelation at left back midway through the season. Job is safe.

Greg Vanney: Midseason acquisition brought leadership and experience to the back line. Past his prime, but still a solid pro. He will likely have to take a pay cut to stay with the club. Will DCU expose him in the expansion draft? Job appears safe.

Devon McTavish: Good, young player who can play several roles. Job is safe.

Bobby Boswell: Fell out of favor during the summer and struggled to regain starting job. He rejected a long-term contract offer last year and stayed on a low salary, which makes him appealing to an expansion team if he is not protected. A trade is also possible. Future uncertain.

Bryan Namoff: United's best defender over the course of a long season, secured the right back slot. Job is safe.

midfielders and forwards below...

MIDFIELDERS
Ben Olsen: Heart and soul of the ballclub, enjoyed a sensational season. Job is safe.

Clyde Simms: Claimed the defensive midfield job midway through the season and performed well. Job is safe.

Brian Carroll: Labored early in the year and then lost his starting job. Could end up being exposed in the expansion draft. Future uncertain.

Fred: Excellent acquisition, needed time to adjust to role on the flank. Would he be more effective as a withdrawn forward behind Emilio? Seems happy in America. Job is safe.

Christian Gomez: Will he accept United's long-standing contract offer? Is the offer still out there? He started slowly this season but regained some of his MVP form late in the year. Future uncertain.

Dominic Mediate: Good, low-priced reserve who can play the flanks. Job appears safe.

Justin Moose: Started the year with high expectations, but faded from the scene and was not on the game-day roster very often. Under current rules, he would have to earn senior roster spot next year, but league is considering changing the age limit. Job appears safe.

Stephen deRoux: Fast player with technical skill, but has he done enough to stick around? Would also benefit from developmental rule change. Future uncertain.

Bryan Arguez: Under-20 player is a work in progress and exempt from roster restrictions. Job appears safe.

Rod Dyachenko: Showed glimpses of massive potential, but still inconsistent. Was selected in expansion draft last year before returning in a trade, could he be exposed again? Future uncertain.

Josh Gros: Expected to retire because of head injuries. Work rate, speed, versatility and determination will be missed.

Jeff Carroll: Can play in midfield and defense, but lacking big-game experience. Maintains developmental status. Job appears safe.

FORWARDS
Luciano Emilio: MLS leading scorer. Enough said. Unless he desperately wants to go back overseas, he will return. Job is safe.

Jaime Moreno: Does he want to come back? Does United want him back? Still a quality player who holds the ball and shows great vision and intelligence, but is he worth the big price tag? Future uncertain.

Guy-Roland Kpene: Lots of potential. Quick, technical, good instincts, just needs to finish his chances. Job appears safe.

Nicholas Addlery: Big, strong target player had a few nice moments but undependable. In danger of being waived.

Brad North: Did not show much progress. In danger of being waived.

Jerson Monteiro: Late-season acquisition will likely get another chance next year. Maintains developmental status. Job appears safe.

Mira Mupier: Did not show much progress. In danger of being waived.

Jamil Walker: Recovering from Achilles' tendon injury. Future uncertain.

By Steve Goff  |  November 9, 2007; 12:06 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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