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United Deals Finalized

Defender Ibrahim Koroma is in.

Forward Thabiso Khumalo is in.

Defender Greg Janicki is in.

Midfielder Dane Murphy is out.

Domenic Mediate and Jeff Carroll are done for the year.

DCU sent a 2009 fourth-round draft pick to Colorado for an international slot, which was needed to accomodate Koroma. Khumalo had filled the last international slot, vacated by Dan Stratford, the English rookie midfielder who was waived this summer.

"At 19, he has a long career ahead of him and we are excited to put him into our environment and make him better," GM Dave Kasper said of Koroma, who has played in Sierra Leone's top division for three years and has nine caps.

Khumalo starred for Pittsburgh this USL2 season and previously played for Wilmington and Charleston after being drafted by Chicago in 2005. Some college background:

Khumalo spent the final two years of his collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University. During his senior year, he started in 20 of the 23 games he played and tallied 16 assists -- third most in the nation -- and eight goals. Khumalo also earned MVP honors at the Big South tournament. As a junior, Khumalo led the Chanticleers to a program-best 20-3-0 record and a Big South title. He recorded seven goals and 10 assists and was named to the first team all-Big South, the NSCAA/adidas first team all-South Atlantic Region and third team all-America. Beore moving to Coastal Carolina, Khumalo played two years at Lindsey Wilson in Kentucky, where he was the first freshman to ever win the NAIA National Player of the Year award after scoring 21 goals in 2001. He scored 26 goals his sophomore season and earned first team NAIA all-American. During his collegiate career, Khumalo also played for PDL side Michigan Bucks from 2001 to 2003.

Do these moves elevate United into a championship contender? Probably not. But for a club approaching a grueling stretch of league and tournament matches, the signings will certainly add depth and provide Coach Tom Soehn with much-needed options.

Elsewhere, New York sent defender Hunter Freeman to Toronto for supplemental draft picks.

By Steve Goff  |  September 12, 2008; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Comments

an international slot is valued as a fourth round pick? considering that DC United values its first and second round picks only slightly more than my customized DCU Veron jersey the watch out - DCU might be all-world soon enough.

Too bad we can't trade for more roster slots too.

Posted by: diego r. | September 12, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Forward Thabiso Khumalo is in.
=====================

So you're saying Boyzzzzz n the Hood?

ba da bing

Posted by: OWNTF | September 12, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

So you're saying Boyzzzzz n the Hood?

ba da bing

Posted by: OWNTF | September 12, 2008 5:05 PM
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Chirp, chirp

Posted by: a cricket | September 12, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

So has anyone actually seen these new guys play at all? Are they expected to play significant minutes? If we weren't in a situation where the roster was absolutely stretched past its capacity due to international competitions, would any of them crack the rotation?

I don't ask this to be inflammatory, I just want to assess how good these guys are, and whether they're expected to improve the team's quality as well as its quantity.

Posted by: jrnail23 | September 12, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I know nothing specific about any of these players, but I have to think that Boyzz would at least be comparable to Thiago Martins and Robert Sjjemba (hope that was enough js in the right spot) given his pedigree. A bottom of the game-day roster kind of a player that could get in if the situation is right. I don't expect more of him, so I hope he surprises.

I can't think Koroma is very ready at all to see bigtime minutes. As others have pointed out, central defenders take time to mature and at 19 I doubt he is there yet. A best case for him would be showing well in the reserves and being a long-term prospect. Seems like the bottom 3rd of the roster almost completely turns over every year - if he can stick and grow, he could be something - I am not expecting anything this season.

Posted by: Henchlow | September 12, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

jrnail23:

Don't expect much. Khumalo may make the bench for a few of the MLS games (he can play on either wing or up top, so you cover 3 positions with 1 guy), but that should be it. If we really decide CCL games are not important, then we'll get to see all 3 in action.

Koroma, being 19, is a project. I hesitate to say 100% we won't ever see him, though, since he's already been a professional for 3 years and has 9 caps for Sierra Leone, which is usually middle of the road in Africa. They aren't contenders to qualify for the World Cup, but they aren't a pub team either. I'd make a very rough comparison to teams in CONCACAF like El Salvador or Jamaica (good enough to be respected, not good enough to have any real shot at making it to the big dance). You never know; 20 year old Marco Pappa contributes for Chicago and has played fewer times for Guatemala.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | September 12, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Colorado is like our bank. We just withdraw whatever we need from them, DP slot, International slots, etc.

Posted by: nice! | September 12, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"Colorado is like our bank. We just withdraw whatever we need from them"

Maybe they can give Christian Gomez back too.

Posted by: silentbob | September 12, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Both Khumalo and Janicki played for our reserves against the Red Heifers on August 31. I don't remember much about Janicki except for his size, but Khumalo was buzzing around the field with energy and skill.

Posted by: Hedbal | September 12, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Why has DC United's website only announced Khumalo and Janicki's signing? What about Koroma??

Posted by: andrew | September 12, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Koroma can convince Mohammad Kallon to join DC Utd, since Kallon was released by AEK in May. Kallon is now playing in the UAE.

Kallon is only 28 and has good years ahead of him. He played well for INTER before the emergence of Obafemi Martins. Remember Moreno isn't getting any younger and we still need to find his replacement.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | September 12, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"Colorado is like our bank. We just withdraw whatever we need from them"

Maybe they can give Christian Gomez back too.

Posted by: silentbob | September 12, 2008 6:08 PM

Why would we want Gomez back? It sounds like he's too lazy and out of shape to get any minutes at Colorado (Goff saying the reason is they are unhappy with his fitness and work ethic). He wasn't exactly stellar last year either compared to the previous one, it seems like he is getting worse every year...

Posted by: ? | September 12, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Colorado may as well drop to USL-1, they seem to have no interest in fielding a team.

Posted by: nico | September 12, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Koroma has his own press release on dcunited.com - I guess that they did not want to combine it the Riverhound Duo press release.

Posted by: Oliver | September 12, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

WHAT THE HELL DOES DCU DO IN TRAINING THAT CAUSES THEIR TEAM TO HAVE ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF INJURY ALL THE TIME?! SOMEONE SHOULD MAKE THE TRAINING LIGHTER! SOEHN SUCKS ON MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS.

Posted by: Dave | September 12, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

DC needs a world class fitness coach like that one Toronto FC got from Newcastle. Say what you want about them but they are all a fitter team than they were in 2007 when it was THEY who were plagued with injury.

If we could somehow poach that guy or find one like him then we will have less injuries in Champions League and the playoffs.

Posted by: Fitness Training not Light Training | September 12, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This is the 2005 Chicago Fire developmental roster that Khumalo didn't make

Generation Adidas/Nike p40
Barrett, Chad
Capano, Craig
John, Will

Senior Developmental:
Griffin, Leonard
Pickens, Matt
Rolfe, Chris

Developmental:
Johnson, Will
Mahoney, David
Segares, Gonzalo
Donaldson, Hollis Ryan

I have no idea if Khumalo was willing to accept a developmental deal, but the 2 supplemental picks that made the roster (ahead of SuperDraft pick Khumalo) were GK Mahoney and defender Donaldson, both not requiring an international slot. Khumalo did play for Chicago during the 2005 preseason. Teams rarely cut Generation Adidas players while they're cap exempt so Khumalo had bad luck having Chris Rolfe and Will Johnson to compete with at forward on the developmental roster. Teams couldn't sign all forwards considering there were reserve games to plan for starting that year.

Anyways based on his reported speed alone, Khumalo is probably a huge talent upgrade over Dane Murphy.

Posted by: undrafted | September 12, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I see. Thanks Oliver

Posted by: andrew | September 12, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

TS needs to go next year. If he can both MLS and Champions League I will rethink, otherwise he is got to go. I am not convince with these new players and am frustrated with the lot of choices DC OF made including Wells. How could they had a faith in a back up keeper to be number one for our club is unthinkable.
And reading Kasper's comment such as "make him better" is terrifying.

Posted by: td | September 12, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Are we expecting 10k tomorrow or less?

Posted by: td | September 12, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

tomorrow is some sort of service members appreciate night. Those are typically pretty well attended. My guess would be an average sort of crowd.

Posted by: Glenn | September 12, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

That would be nice. Only saw ad in the express. Although it doesn't seem to make much difference. I heard a lot on the radio for USOC and a few but still hadn't crake the normal crowd range. At least I can go early and drink.

Posted by: td | September 12, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow, why have the fire Soehn threads come up all of a sudden. Just looking for somebody to blame for the injuries I guess. How are the injuries and the personel decisions his fault.:(

Posted by: United fury | September 12, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

17,000 or so Saturday night. Not so much Tuesday night.

Posted by: Goff | September 12, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Not threads(too much Bigsoccer)

I meant posts

Posted by: United fury | September 12, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Koroma did play for Kallon FC (owned by guess who) and SL has done surprising well this round (beating South Africa). while they have no chance at winning their group (nigeria) they do have an outside (but doubtful since they have to at the very least tie nigeria and have soem results go their way) shot at moving on to the next round.

based on his pedigree he should see some playing time. i certainly expect him to be better then the scrubs on the developmental squad.

Posted by: pindar | September 12, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Coming from Sierra Leone, it's nice to see some of its young players being noticed (by MLS yes, but noticed nonetheless) from the shadows casted by the typical African powerhouse nations. Nice. Don't know the kid and I'll try not to hold his playing for one of the Freetown teams over him (go Kono Diamond Stars). I think he was brought in for speed and physicality. But who's not to say that he doesn't have awesome talent? Don't be fooled by his small frame. Could he be one of the many that beat up on Freddy Adu in that U-17 world cup a few years back? In any case, I don't see him surplanting any of our starters this year, but I can see him making a move next year, if he can get used to living in the US.

I don't know much about these additions but it seems like DCU is making some moves for the best depth that it can get for what ever pennies under the cap that they have to spare. I also liked seeing DCU takes a chance on youth in the Earthquakes game (ok we were forced into it, but it was nice to see). It's about time we start thowing these youngins into the fire. Sink or swim is what I say.

VAMOS UNITED!!

Posted by: Kosh | September 13, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

bisquick fufu!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

@ Anon

LOL. Interesting version of the dish. I wouldn't mind trying bisquick fufu. I tired a plantain fufu a while back, I think it was made by someone from South Africa. It was ok but it still was not as good as the traditional casava (yucca for our South American brothers and sisters) version.

Posted by: Kosh | September 13, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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