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Carlos Varela on tryout with D.C. United

Carlos Varela, a Spanish-born midfielder who has played in the Swiss league for 15 years, has begun a trial with D.C. United. Varela, who turns 33 next month, will train with the club for one to two weeks before the club decides whether to offer him a contract. The MLS roster deadline is Sept. 15.

"He has a lot of experience from Europe and he's an interesting player who became available" as a free agent, United General Manager Dave Kasper said. "He can play either side of midfield. We can still add depth out wide and we didn't want to pass on this opportunity to take a close look at him."

The sides have had preliminary discussions about a salary range.

Tactical details are here.

On the trade front ahead of the roster deadline, Kasper said: "We have had discussions; nothing is imminent at this point. We will continue to have discussions, and if something makes sense, we will strongly consider it."

With United essentially out of the playoff race, have contending clubs approached D.C. about acquiring players for a championship push?

"It's tough to pull off trades in this league," in part because of the salary cap, Kasper said. "We have initiated contact, there has been a lot of contact initiated with us, but most of it doesn't end up going anywhere."

Much more club news/notes in a bit .....

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2010; 11:56 AM ET
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Oh for the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, another aging foreign journeyman from a third-tier league? Really? I mean, at some point, even Nero had to have stopped fiddling and thrown a bucket of water or two on the fire, right?

Posted by: EdTheRed | August 24, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I echo the sentiments of EdTheRed. You can't find ONE high-caliber player we can sign as a DP??? It's a big world, there's bound to be SOMEONE who would come play for us!

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 24, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

FO, gonna take more than 10% off next year's tics.

Posted by: DCB23 | August 24, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Matte | August 24, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

and the point of signing a 33 year old for the remainder of dismal season is...?

Posted by: torrey151 | August 24, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

You're an MLS team in playoff contention.

Who on DC United would you want? (No sarcasm intended... a legitimate question. So that rules out your response, I-270).


Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 24, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

what ever happened to DeMerit?

Posted by: OWNTF | August 24, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed how Dave Kasper really likes the adjective "interesting" to describe potential signings?

Posted by: SexyOffender | August 24, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

If they need a wide player, why are they passing on Jemal Johnson? Guy's still young, got mad speed, good skills, and a cannon, to go along with of course attitude problems. What's the status with Jemal?

Posted by: duck95 | August 24, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can get Bob Bradley, too.

As a player.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 24, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Young Boys Bern...with passion for DCU!

Posted by: MNKicker | August 24, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

33 years old?

Kasper must be removed from the position in which he is a decision-maker on player personnel issues. His track record: res ipse loquitor.

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 24, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

You're an MLS team in playoff contention.

Who on DC United would you want?

Nobody that DC would give up.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | August 24, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

News flash: The transfer window is CLOSED. It's trades and FA's only. Not too many unemployed potential DPs at the moment.


Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 24, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse


Latin grammar police

Posted by: OWNTF | August 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh sure that's just the tonic we need: another old unknown guy from some bottom of the barrel league. Regardless of what pay he'll want, what's the point of signing him? To make a playoff push? To be that one thing that puts this teams over the edge into a championship team?

Gosh, this is so stupid. We suck. Let's just accept it and rebuild with youth. If you say Jaime (with all his history) can't play for you, how's this Varela guy any better?

Posted by: tundey | August 24, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Another expert heard from.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 24, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

From a journalistic standpoint, what is the rationale or point for talking to Kasper, other than to get an "official" comment. He is not going to "reveal" anything unless it suits his purpose or is a setup for some elaborate scheme to justify his decision. The man has no credibility. C'mon Goffer, you're better than this.

Posted by: Ruthie1 | August 24, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, Ruthie, because Kasper answered the phone. Or, he's the guy chosen to speak for the club.

What do you want 'revealed' exactly??

Posted by: JkR- | August 24, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Good lord people relax. Its a just a flipping tryout so there's no guarantee he's going to make the team anyway. I don't see the harm in just taking a look at a guy with a lot of experience considering once Pena, Talley, and Jaime either leave or retire after this year, the teams going to be a younger team thats going to need a little veteran guidance to lead them.

What I do find funny though is that people on here keep putting FO in imaginary no-win situations in their minds in order to justify their rage for getting rid of them.

Posted by: Unitedfury | August 24, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Let me clarify though, I do think changes need to be made with the FO, but they need to be done in a rational and diligent way, which I think Chang is probably going to do.

Posted by: Unitedfury | August 24, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff,

please accept apology. Just so tired of the FO and their incompetence. Sorry you have to deal with them as a reporter.

Posted by: Ruthie1 | August 24, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

A "Spanish-born midfielder who has played in the Swiss league for 15 years," meaning his career is over so he wants to come play for DC United now. Wow, things are really looking up now.

Posted by: KRIKET | August 24, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

And yet the sad thing is that this 33 year old Spaniard from an underwhelming league might actually be better than most players on our roster. But is he better than Jemal Johnson?

Posted by: b18bolo | August 24, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I hate it when folks on this blog start piling on and repeating the same criticisms just because someone loses some popularity.

Nero played a HARP, not a fiddle!

Luckily, the imperial photographers were close by to record it for posterity:

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 24, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

What I do find funny though is that people on here keep putting FO in imaginary no-win situations in their minds in order to justify their rage for getting rid of them.

Posted by: Unitedfury | August 24, 2010 2:33 PM


I love this, thank you for saying it. The constant whingeing has taken the fun out of this, more so, for me, than the team's play.

Posted by: JkR- | August 24, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

FM 2010 has him rated as a 31yr old in the 13-14 range for physical attributes as well as the key wide play technical attributes like dribbling and crossing. His passing and creativity are also both 13.

For those who don't know the series it is a 20 point scale. Usually 13 is a good rating for second-tier players, stars in second divisions and squad players in top leagues, 16 and up is often top league stars to world class level.

He has a reasonable long shot and takes a good free kick.

He tackles poorly, is a horrible marker, and is prone to mistakes but is very aggressive and determined. He also displays some leadership qualities.

He is fluent in spanish, german and french, but has no english.

According to the game, he can only play on the right side of midfield. But he does have a "reasonable" left foot, so a left side assignment should not be out of the question.

The ratings should be taken with a grain of salt for two reasons. One the scouting system for that game is world class for the big leagues but can be way off for smaller ones, like MLS. The same could apply for the Swiss league.

Second he was 31 for those ratings and the difference between a 31 and 33yr old can be dramatic. Especially for the physical attributes.

Posted by: uranderson | August 24, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Dang..I thought you said Carlos Vela. Now that would have been interesting.

Posted by: goonerunited | August 24, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm 32, do I have a chance to play for the Black and Red too?

Posted by: rss317 | August 24, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

You know how you skim the headlines and you have to go back a re-read what you thought you saw?

Well I saw Carlos Valderama.

Posted by: mcnessa | August 24, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

What's up with this? They should keep number 99 if they are going to scout for players like Carlos.

Posted by: dndlee | August 24, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

He tackles poorly, is a horrible marker, and is prone to mistakes but is very aggressive and determined.
Then he's perfect for us!

Posted by: troy6 | August 25, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys, greetings from Switzerland, and Carlos former club Neuch√Ętel.

Just to let you know, Carlos is not at all the guy who just wants to end up his career, relaxed, in MLS. No, it wasnt his plans at all !!! We had many troubles here in Switzerland, and the league took some unacceptable decisions on him. He had to leave. Everybody thought he might go to France (where he had opportunities) or Spain.

Believe me, he's the biggest fighter i've ever seen on a pitch. I follow football for 20 years now, he never stop running, fighting for the ball. On the wings, you just cant stop him, he is very, very very fast ! He's long pass ability is very good, and he can create situations not only on wings.

He really is a winner, you'll often see him complain. But definitely my favourite player leaving my club. Believe me, i'll comme to DC to see him play if he signs.

Just for info, he played many Champions League games when he was playing for Basel.


Posted by: robys | August 25, 2010 4:24 AM | Report abuse

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