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D.C. United releases Shipalane, Adams

D.C. United continued to tinker with its roster late Friday, waiving midfielder Tiyi Shipalane and defender Lyle Adams. Those moves made room for striker Luciano Emilio, who re-signed Wednesday, and midfielder Stephen King, who was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Sounders earlier today.

DCU received Emilio's international transfer certificate from Brazil just before the 5 p.m. deadline, clearing the way for him to play Saturday against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium. King (uniform #20) will provide depth in the central midfield.

Neither Shipalane nor Adams had shown much progress this spring and, because neither had guaranteed contracts.....

they will no longer apply toward the salary cap. Shipalane, a quick flank player with South African roots, jumped to United from third-division Harrisburg late last summer. He didn't feature in any MLS matches but made three appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League. This season, he didn't play in any of the four league games and was loaned to third-division Richmond.

Adams was drafted by United from Wake Forest in 2009 but sought European opportunities before signing with second-division Austin. He earned a DCU roster spot at training camp this year but did not appear in any matches.

United had considered creating a roster slot by placing defender Marc Burch (rehabbing after foot surgery) on injured reserve, but in the end, concluded that Adams and Shipalane had no future with the club.

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By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, Luciano Emilio, Lyle Adams, Major League Soccer, New York Red Bulls, Red Bull New York, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Seattle Sounders, Stephen King, Tiyi Shipalane  
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It's probably true that neither Tiyi nor Adams had a long-term future here, but it might be a penny-wise decision only. With all the injuries the team has had, they might still have needed one or both of these guys. Sad, but Tiyi hasn't been able to duplicate in a DCU kit what he did playing against them. Adams just doesn't look very impressive -- I didn't think he looked very good when I saw Austin play in FSC, and he wasn't special playing for DC, either. On the other hand, these guys should be heartened by noting the success of former DCU players in the USL...

I hope the team stays healthy enough that they don't come to regret these moves. We're already playing with two defenders who will miss most if not all of the year....and all those hamstring injuries. More importantly, I hope the salary cap money goes to good use this summer.

Posted by: fischy | April 30, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Welcome home, Luci.

Posted by: Matte | April 30, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Simple fact is we need central players and strikers pretty bad. King doesn't fit the bill perfectly, nor does Emilio, but enough to let the others go; if they hadn't played yet with all the injuries, no point.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 30, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I guess that Ship(alane) has sailed.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 30, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I guess I saw Shipalane's DC United career arc from beginning to end as he played impressively against DC with his shorts on backwards in the Open Cup last summer for Harrisburg and made a brief cameo at the end of Wednesday night's Open Cup qualifier against Dallas.

Ty Shipalany,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
put his shorts on backwards on Wednesday,
signed on Thursday,
loaned out on Friday,
reappeared on Saturday,
Cut on Sunday.
This is the end
Of Ty Shipalany.

Sorry, the days of the week don't quite work but that's the best I could do on short notice. Best wishes to him and I hope everyone enjoys a summer-like weekend.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 30, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

guess that Ship(alane) has sailed.

And sank.

Posted by: rcdwriting | April 30, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Wonder who will claim salvage rights?

Posted by: Curious99 | April 30, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Re: "he played impressively against DC with his shorts on backwards in the Open Cup last summer for Harrisburg"

Really? A pic of that would be classic memorabilia for his career, however long it may last . . .

Posted by: delantero | April 30, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I was almost ready to give up on seeing a write up in the Post today, but there it is waaay on the back page.

Posted by: DCB23 | May 1, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Will this finally convince Kaspar that his pipe dream of turning USL-2 players into MLS gold is stupid? Stop trying to get players on the cheap from your old stomping grounds, Dave, and put in some proper scouting to find players who will make a difference without commanding a large salary.

Posted by: beach3 | May 1, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

For G-d's sake, just win a game! With Luci back perhaps the grownups will take control.

Posted by: KRIKET | May 1, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Gotta dig that Luci shirt out of the closet...
I got a dollar that says Emilio will have a greater impact than Gomez did coming back into the team after the incessant whining to bring him back. Who's taking that action?

Vamos United!
Beat the Brawndo FCtards!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 1, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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