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Things You Should Know About DCU

United formally introduced four newcomers during a RFK news conference following this morning's workout: Gonzalo Martinez, Gonzalo Peralta, Jose Carvallo and Franco Niell.

Marcelo Gallardo gets his own day: tomorrow at the National Press Club. The deal is done.

Peralta and Carvallo are fluent in English (Carvallo much more so than Peralta). Peralta lived in Burbank, Calif., for two years as a teenager because of his father's job before returning to Argentina. He grew up as a San Lorenzo supporter. Carvallo's mother has lived in Ashburn, Va., for about seven years, but he learned English in school in Peru. It was Carvallo's mom who alerted DCU's front office to her son's exploits in Peru. He has a brother in Puerto Rico and a sister in Miami. Some Web sites have him listed as 22 years old; he's actually 21 with a birthday in March.

Niell is small -- I mean, really small. He's listed a shade under 5 feet 4, but...
If he is as quick and energetic as we've been led to believe, his height should not be an issue alongside Luciano Emilio.
In contrast, Peralta is tall and blond. Both he and Martinez are right-footed and both seem set to pair up in central defense, with Martinez to Peralta's right, Marc Burch at left back and Bryan Namoff at right back.

GM Dave Kasper said there are no other significant acquisitions on the horizon. He declined to comment on the possibility of trading Christian Gomez's and Greg Vanney's MLS rights. "There is no news there," he said. But he did say, in general, that if the club made any deals, it would be for allocation money, draft picks, etc.

The announcement of the Bryan Arguez transfer to Hertha Berlin has been delayed another day, but it will happen. He's gone for good.

Kasper said Josh Gardner, who is out of contract after playing for Seattle in USL1 last season, was invited to camp as a possible left-midfield option. The club will also bring in Penn State midfielder Grady Renfrow for a look. Other undrafted college players are possible in the first or second stage of training camp.

I will be discussing United on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" at around 5:15 this evening.

Uniform numbers:
Martinez 23
Niell 34
Carvallo 12
Peralta 2


By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2008; 2:52 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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