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D.C. United news & notes: injuries, signing

D.C. United midfielder-forward Chris Pontius, slowed all year by hamstring problems, will undergo surgery Friday in Los Angeles and require four to six months of rehabilitation.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid has arrived in Birmingham for shoulder surgery Wednesday.

Midfielder Clyde Simms, who missed Saturday's match at Toronto FC with a pregame ailment, trained with the club today but still might need sports hernia surgery. He will try to play through it and perhaps have the operation after the season. He has been bothered by the suspected hernia problem all year.

The club has signed Spanish-born midfielder Carlos Varela, who turns 33 tomorrow. Varela, on trial for several weeks, returned to Europe last week to finalize visa paperwork.

The MLS roster deadline is tomorrow. General Manager Dave Kasper said that no trades involving United are imminent.

By Steve Goff  |  September 14, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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With the schedule expanded to 34 games DC United can now scale back their special event games to three. Hopefully that means the Open Cup games will be moved to Germantown.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | September 14, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

So the FO gets 2 out of 3 right. If Clyde is injured, he should go get fixed NOW. There's nothing left to play for this season, and he is one of the few guys on the roster who they know they want to keep for next season. With King and Morsink available, Clyde should go get surgery now and start his re-hab. No sense in risking a worse injury playing hurt when the season is OVER. At least Hamid and Pontius are getting fixed up now.

Posted by: joemybro | September 14, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I pulled a hamstring just reading this post.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 14, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I just got an adominal strain laughing at Rand-al-Thor's post.

Posted by: RetiredShark | September 14, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I just got an abdominal strain laughing at Rand-al-Thor's post.

Posted by: RetiredShark | September 14, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

every player on the team can be put in the defensive midfield position and succeed (to an extent)

why not get our players ready for an eminent injury early next season

Posted by: SexyOffender | September 14, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you can force someone to undergo surgery.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 14, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't anyone go to a hospital close to home anymore?

Posted by: soccermutha | September 14, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

No. Freakin' HMOs.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 14, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Wait! Kasper didn't say he was going to give away any of our draft picks next year! I am shocked!

Posted by: no_recess | September 15, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

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