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United Signs Ex-Man U Prospect

D.C. United has signed defender-midfielder Floribert N'Galula, a former Manchester United prospect who most recently was with Sparta Rotterdam's reserves in the Netherlands.

He is a candidate to play holding midfield or central defense for DCU, club officials said.

N'Galula, 22, is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to Belgium when he was young. He rose through the Anderlecht youth system before joining Manchester United from 2003 through '07. There, he was with the youth and reserve program and was on the first-team roster for two league matches in 2005-06 but didn't play. From Manchester, he went to Danish club Randers and then Rotterdam.

After his Sparta deal expired last summer, N'Galula trained with Crewe Alexandra in England's fourth division. Last month, N'Galula participated in closed-door workouts with DCU.

General Manager Dave Kasper said in a written statement: "We are very excited about the pedigree Flo brings to D.C. United. Flo impressed during his postseason trial with us and we feel he has the physical tools and versatility to be very successful in our league."

By Steve Goff  |  January 21, 2010; 4:59 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Hmmm... do we go with Flo? Bert? Gal? Lula? NG?

I'm leaning toward Bert.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 21, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Go with the Flo. That's what the team is calling him.

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I would expect that he's the first DCU player to have ever played with Man Utd's 1st team? Not sure if it's the "big signing" we've been hearing about, but it's a little bit cool....

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Tore Andre Flo?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 21, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Interesting tidbit -- In 2005, N'Galula joined Guiseppe Rossi and Gerard Pique as academy products to get a taste of playing at Old Trafford.

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Good, keep em comin...

Posted by: carmines757 | January 21, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a positive addition to the team, but...I dunno. Still a bit iffy on this one...

Posted by: dogboy | January 21, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

wish him and the rest of dc the best of luck

Posted by: Konoha7 | January 21, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Alright, now I'm impressed.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 21, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what to make of this signing. Intriguing, but it kind of feels like Kasali Yinka Casal, part deux.

Posted by: mkpage | January 21, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

For those wondering what happened to the kid when he had such promise with Man Utd -- it seems he had a pretty bad hip injury, and was finally let go. Being released by Rotterdam doesn't bode well, but maybe he still needs to build himself back up in a less demanding environment. Don't know about the center back thing. He's an even 6'0", but Crewe coach said they were looking at him as a right back.

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Were the "two first-team matches" he appeared in EPL games, or FA/Carling Cup games? First team is the first team, not taking away from any of that, but just curious...

Posted by: Juan-John1 | January 21, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

He trained with *Crewe*?

God help us.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | January 21, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

This guy has a really weird name.

Posted by: florifischetti | January 21, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Crewe... " in England's fourth division"... wow. Not exactly the A-League, is it?

Posted by: freeholdsouth | January 21, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Fischy: If Man U were interested and actually used him, even twice, than this is pretty good return for the amount of money we have left over. I like that he's at least young. I'm also going to start optimistic about the central defense thing. How many American forwards have ended up playing in their own half? If he's talented at covering defensively, there's no reason he can't succeed.

I'm basically just happy he isn't another South American defensive blunder.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 21, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey, don't forget, some decreased number of days til Charleston, and Burn Notice in approximately 4 hours.


Also, as long as he's not expensive, why not? He's bound to be well taught, somewhat talented, I'm cautiously optimisitic.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 21, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Useful players at prices DC can afford are 20 X more likely to be found in South America than in England's professional leagues.

I hope this guy is good but I'll start out with zero expectations so I won't be too disappointed by a guy who couldn't catch on at Alexandra Crewe after being released by a few other higher profile teams. He joins Jordan Graye in the team depth pool.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 21, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I know some of you may like it, and some of you may think it's rubbish but...Floribert N'Galula is in Fifa 09, his overall rating is a 56, his postion listed as a CM. His strongest positions are CDM RB AND LB where he features as a 57, he is a 56 at CB and CM... but is only 21 when game was made.... will be 23 in March of this year. It seems as though he was destined to be the next Vidic before the hip injury derailed his career.

Set your expectations at what you want, because it is what it is... but I imagine he has to be cheap... like $30,000 cheap... and should be decent versatile depth at the very worse... well worth taking a flyer on in my opinion...

Posted by: BurchFan4 | January 21, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Flo N'Galula, he's our CB,
Flo N'galula, I don't mean maybe

Posted by: jezz | January 21, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I love the FIFA references. Who knows how good he is but I have to imagine training with Man Utd means he at one point in time he could play. I also like that he has versatility.

Give me a fast striker please.....

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 21, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't know. No You Tube highlights to pop music? How good can he be :)?

Posted by: delantero | January 21, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Vamos United!!!

Posted by: zosodave | January 21, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

there is a reason why this guy is a former prospect...HE AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH!!! We need better than this. I'm sure there is another Dejan Jakovic out there in Eastern Europe. Please don't bring in another David Habiragura type who is a prospect...we need proven talent that can play.

Posted by: godpere | January 21, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

No wikipedia page for this kid... he can't be good! ;)

Posted by: kris77 | January 21, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's just not true.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_N'Galula

This has more info. There's also a serious injury in there somewhere that isn't reported, so his lack of playing time recently makes more sense.

http://www.freebase.com/view/en/floribert_ngalula

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 21, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

. It seems as though he was destined to be the next Vidic before the hip injury derailed his career.

Set your expectations at what you want, because it is what it is... but I imagine he has to be cheap... like $30,000 cheap... and should be decent versatile depth at the very worse... well worth taking a flyer on in my opinion...

Posted by: BurchFan4 | January 21, 2010 6:19 PM
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Actually, when he was in the Red Devils' system, he was described as the "next Patrick Viera". No one would compare them today, but it speaks to strong potential, even if injuries have taken a toll. Definitely worth a flyer!!!

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Gonna take a few showers to wash the stink of manure off him. But if there are a few years since he left the suburbs of manchester then maybe it will be ok.

Posted by: dtduffy | January 21, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

@UnitedDemon -- That Wikipedia entry is for his brother Gabriel. Apparently, Flo used to have a page, but someone raised a stink, and it was scrubbed

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

let's hope he's as good as those other former ManU prospects currently playing in MLS:
Jovan Kirovski (who has a better pedigree) and John Thorrington.

Posted by: Figgy | January 21, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

hm... Oh well. Use the other link.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 21, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm leaning toward Bert.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 21, 2010 5:07 PM
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Instead of Bert, I say we go with Bort just so I can use this on a day-to-day basis:

Bart: Look at all this great stuff, Lis!
[finds vanity license plate rack] Cool...personalized plates! "Barclay"..."Barry"..."Bert"..."Bort"? Aw, come on. "Bort"?

Child: Mommy, mommy! Buy me a license plate.

Mother: No. Come along, Bort.

Man: Are you talking to me?

Mother: No, my son is also named Bort.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 21, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

So does this mean I can expect to see DCU play in a more Flo-ing, attacking style?

:)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | January 21, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Joel_M_Lane stole my post.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 21, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks fischy, I meant Viera :)

Posted by: BurchFan4 | January 21, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Floribert N'Galula, welcome to DC United. Work hard and we will love you, love us and we will love you back. Good luck.

Posted by: Kosh2 | January 21, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to read who the team has signed next week.

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

True, we still have the Argentina/Uruguay trip to hear from.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 21, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

65 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 21, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, some of ya'll seem real impressed because ManU is mentioned. Wondering what his salary is.

Posted by: KireDCU | January 21, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

If play resumes this summer after the lockout MLS could be very different. Will the talent level dip as players move on to other leagues or even to other careers? Or will the quality of play improve as the number of teams decreases? Might be a lucky thing that the United never got their stadium built because they aren't saddled with a long term mortgage on the place.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | January 21, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

It all comes down to a cost / benefit analysis. At this point we don't know either, so it's hard to make a comment other than, quoting Kosh 2:

"Floribert N'Galula, welcome to DC United. Work hard and we will love you, love us and we will love you back. Good luck."

VAMOS UNITED!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 21, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

@Kire -- Tempered with realism. This guy couldn't stick with a fourth-division side in England. On the other hand, that was over 6 months ago. We hope he's getting stronger and closer to the kind of player he was as a teenager. Take a look at our other players. None of them have ever been and will never be good enough to sniff the bench at Old Trafford. Don't know what DCU has offered, but it can't be a lot -- at least not as an initial base salary. If he's even a shadow of his former self, it'll be worth it.

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Look -- It's Powertroller. Perhaps you didn't read that the Players' Association has told the players to report to camps. Or, perhaps you are just looking to bait some argument. May I suggest that you get a life?

Posted by: fischy | January 21, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"We are very excited about the pedigree Flo brings to D.C. United. Flo impressed during his postseason trial with us and we feel he has the physical tools and versatility to be very successful in our league."

Maybe he looked good because they let him play against Ange N’Silu. Didn't the FO tout Ange N’Silu as having the physical tools to be successful in the league, too?
The over-under on Flo-B being gone is July 1.

Posted by: rcdwriting | January 21, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

If the union told the players not to report that would mean they were planning a strike, I clearly stated that they will be locked out.

Management is not going to give in to a single demand when the league is in financial trouble. And the players are prepared to move on with their alternate career plans rather than maintain the status quo. It is going to be ugly.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | January 21, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Contacto Deportivo just did a segment on US / Pachuca player Jose "Gringo" Torres. He's expected to replace suspended Damian Alvarez in the lineup. Alvarez normally plays left wing rather than holding mid but maybe they just meant Torres will replace him in the starting XI.

This article I turned up via Google explains some of Torres' situation - less playing time but still substantial minutes under Rivarola, the coach that replaced Meza last Fall.

http://goal.com/en-us/news/114/mexico/2010/01/21/1755171/pachucas-torres-determined-to-stay-in-starting-lineup

Pachuca plays at Queretaro 6pm Saturday and the game will be on Telefutura - 3 hours before US-Honduras kick off.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 21, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Compared to Koroma in 08 and Habagurira in 09 - we got N'Galula at the beginning of the season. He obviously is recovering from an injury and probably is not match fit. Im guessing for about $50,000-$70,000 we got a decent player who has a decent record of youth play. Give him the two months of preseason to get in shape - we may have a good pickup. See it that he was with ManU for 5 years - he should know some decent English unlike N'Silu who knew not a word.

Posted by: ManOfLaMancha | January 22, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we should call him Bebop N'Galula.

The ManU youth system says something about this guy. So does his failure -- until now -- to find a berth after leaving ManU.

Posted by: runningcloud | January 22, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm more worried about overpaying for this guy than the Perkins trade, or even the Australian. Hopefully he's coming in at a reasonable price, and is highly motivated to carve out a space in a club that could see him as a starter.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 22, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

They do seem to be making some interesting moves. Showing a lot of knowledge of what's out there. Hopefully it will work out. Still, let's see the big signing we've been hearing about ....

Posted by: lovinliberty | January 22, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm getting a positive feeling about this season.

I think the off-season moves have so far been shrewd and creative.

Of course, they have to play but you can see that they are working hard to bolster the lineup working within our limitations of cap, etc. Timings are right also.

I think are competitive now, but one or two more signings of quality and we're looking fine.

Posted by: RRP1 | January 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

How sure are we that he's 22? I saw a photo of him while with Crewe and he had completely gray hair and was using a walker.

Posted by: axman664 | January 22, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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