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D.C. United trialists in Bradenton

D.C. United has invited center defenders Quiarol Arzu of Honduras and Jermaine Taylor of Jamaica to the second phase of training camp, which will begin a day earlier than scheduled in Florida because of another snowstorm bearing down on Washington.

The club will skip town Tuesday instead of Wednesday and set up camp in Bradenton for a 2 1/2-week stay that will include at least four friendlies, starting Saturday against the Columbus Crew.

Trialists tentatively scheduled to join the club are Arzu, 24, from Platense and the Honduran Olympic squad; Taylor, 25, who started five World Cup qualifiers for Jamaica in 2008; and goalkeeper Andrew Quinn, a DeMatha High graduate who played collegiately at Notre Dame and recently completed two weeks of workouts with Glasgow Rangers. Quinn will provide depth with Josh Wicks recovering from a shoulder injury and Troy Perkins at U.S. national team camp in California.

After addressing goalkeeper and frontline issues in recent weeks, United is seeking reinforcement in central defense. At the moment, Dejan Jakovic and Julius James are the primary candidates, with defender-midfielder Devon McTavish (right back/midfield), left back Marc Burch and midfielder-defender Floribert N'Galula as options.

Forward Adam Cristman, acquired in a trade with Kansas City last week, will join the club in Florida and Australian forward Danny Allsopp is expected to have his visa approved soon.

Midfielder Otto Lowey and defender Nigel White, who were in camp last week, were dropped from consideration.

By Steve Goff  |  February 8, 2010; 3:46 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United  
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Thanks Goffster.

Posted by: redskinsux | February 8, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It seems the FO are currently OK with the offense of the club. It is nice to see we are bringing in two young, CONCACAF defenders. Taylor seems to have a good rep.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | February 8, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

You sure it isnt the Jermaine Taylor from Arkansas?

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | February 8, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Man, Taylor sure has fallen. Went from being traded by the Washington Wizards, to released by Houston Rockets, and now trying his luck at soccer. ;)

Posted by: Unitedfury | February 8, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Check out Robinho's goal in his first game back at Santos:

Posted by: goonerunited | February 8, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

disappointing that after signing Allsopp and Cristman, our "frontline issues" have been "addressed".

I don't see a starting pair on our roster, just one or two guys who could start alongside a more qualified striking partner. Right now we've been downgraded a lot up front.

Posted by: joe_hill | February 8, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Another keeper?! The FO must have no faith in Kocic...or he's on the way out.

Posted by: DrBeaker | February 8, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse


Um... as much as any team can be in MLS. It's no secret that we're counting on Pontius, now we need to support him solidly. From this perspective, Cristman is a great pickup. We haven't been downgraded, because we have a far greater pair in Castillo and Quaranta roaming the wings (Fred didn't work so well).

What we need is a central midfielder who can pass and contribute offensively. (FYI, Gomez was not one. He was a playmaker who required two defensive midfielders to cover his ass, and kept us anchored to a back three).

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 8, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey if it works out for the new guy, we could have this headline:

Wicks and Quiarol Quarrel

Posted by: OWNTF | February 8, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Ha. saw that Robinho goal. Must be nice when defending is optional. LOL

yeah, I hope the club is right putting their money on Pontius. Personally, I thought he was beast last year. Still, a little nervy putting your money on a second year player to be your stud.

Posted by: Matte | February 8, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

When is the game against Columbus on Saturday? I live in Tampa and was planning on going to Sarasota later on that day and Bradenton is on the way. Will it be open to the public? I can't find info on it anywhere!

Posted by: paulp_00 | February 8, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Looks like i found the info.

Posted by: paulp_00 | February 8, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: paulp_00 | February 8, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I like the move to bring in some competition on defense. We can call one player absolutely safe, Dejan Jakovic. If he is fit (a big if), then Bryan Namoff is safe, too. I don't know whether to consider Wallace a defender or midfielder.

But look at who's still in the mix for spots on the defense on the team.
Julius James, D
Lawson Vaughn, D
Marc Burch, D
Devon McTavish, D/M
Floribert N'Galula, D/M

I'm glad we are bringing in guys to push these players, or push them out if the new guys are better

Posted by: rcdwriting | February 8, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse


Great find. That info says we have games on 2/17 (vs Toronto), 2/20 (vs NY), 2/26 (vs USA u17s) before heading to Charleston.


I like the idea of bringing guys like Arzu and Taylor in. A Honduran Olympian and a guy with 28 caps for Jamaica should, at the very least, be good enough to put some pressure on James. Considering we have just 2 actual specialist center backs on the roster, this is a must. I'm not saying we have to sign one of these two guys, but we do definitely need a center back from somewhere.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 8, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that Wallace will be playing in the MF?

Posted by: no_recess | February 8, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Another storm tomorrow . . . that's snowveregging the pudding . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | February 8, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Another storm tomorrow . . . that's snowveregging the pudding . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | February 8, 2010 6:57 PM


Posted by: Kev29 | February 8, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Very sweet news about Quinnie -- another DC United youth player getting a shot with the team.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | February 8, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

What is all that Disney stuff on the calender??? When your league is getting called a mickey mouse league, don't go putting your teams in Disney tournaments...

Posted by: StewartDC8 | February 8, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Reading between the lines here but what do people think about United possibly using Tino as our starting number 10? At first I was really horrified but I'm willing to see how he does.

Posted by: dsheon1 | February 8, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Reading between which lines? If Tino plays centrally, who's the right winger?

Welcome, at last, Mr. (Mister) Quiariol Arzu

Posted by: fischy | February 9, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, paulp, looks like I'll be checking out the Wednesday game vs. Toronto.

The IMG friendlies were open to the public last year; Goff, is there any reason to believe they won't be the same this year?

Posted by: DaninFL | February 9, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

If only DC had this leniency last year. Oh no, flying ~1,300 miles for a game, only to have to play 3 days later back home.

"PARIS (AP)—The French football league has agreed to push back Bordeaux’s home match against Auxerre because it is too close to its Champions League game against Olympiakos."

Posted by: nairbsod | February 9, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Arzu and Taylor both seem to have great pedigree. In regards to central mid and another forward, it looks like we'll have to wait until mid-season to pick up somebody.

Posted by: bigwave | February 9, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Never mind. Bethany Dempsey. I got it.

Posted by: fischy | February 9, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

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