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D.C. United signs Brazilian Junior Carriero

D.C. United has signed Brazilian midfielder Junior Carriero, a few months earlier than planned. The 19-year-old has been training with the club all year and was tentatively scheduled to join the roster next season.

But with injuries mounting and the MLS roster deadline today, United decided to add him for the final six league matches. The roster slot opened when rookie goalkeeper Andrew Quinn was released last week. On Tuesday, United announced the signing of Spanish-born midfielder Carlos Varela to a short-term contract.

"Junior is a young player who has shown to us that he has the potential to become a good professional,"General Manager Dave Kasper said. "He has very good attacking qualities and can play a number of positions in midfield."

The younger brother of former United midfielder Fred was a guest player in friendlies against El Salvador and Portsmouth.

By Matt Bonesteel  | September 15, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
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This I like.

Posted by: DCB23 | September 15, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Bizarro MLS - where teams make significant player acquisitions after they no longer have anything significant to play for.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 15, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

So apparently Carey Talley's Facebook page says he just got traded to the Red Bulls.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | September 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

wait for the controversy for whether he can put Jr Fred on his jersey.

Posted by: nairbsod | September 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Najar's facebook page says he is now the general manager

Posted by: SexyOffender | September 15, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I asked about this earlier today. Now that's what I call responsive journalism.

Thanks Goff!

Posted by: edmundburke247 | September 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Have we heard how many players we can protect in the expansion draft? Do we have to protect Shanosky even though he's 18 and hasn't yet been eligible to play a minute?

If we protect 11, then Hamid, Graye, Jakovic, James, Wallace, Najar, Simms, Pontius, Boskovic (DPs usually have to be on the list). After that a toss-up for the last 2 slots between Quaranta, King, Burch, Junior, and maybe Varela or Shanosky.

Posted by: benonthehill | September 15, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that the team will protect its captain in the expansion draft.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't call me Junior!

Posted by: Reignking | September 15, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Goff just tweeted the Talley move. Trade to NYRB for a 2nd round draft pick. Sounds good to me.

Posted by: dccal | September 15, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Yay...I guess. I remember the breathless enthusiasm when Boyzzz joined the squad, and he wasn't good enough to come in as an injury sub.

Re @benonthehill:
I think Hamid, Najar, and Shanosky are exempt from the Expansion Draft. Pontius and Wallace's Gen Adidas exemption may be up this year. Expect: Simms, Quaranta, Pontius, Wallace, Hernandez, Boskovic, James, Jakovic, Burch, Graye, and King. No way DCU exposes Santino. He's not Rod Dyachenko...

Posted by: DWE4 | September 15, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

There is no way that can't be a good move.

Posted by: benonthehill | September 15, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

This makes the OC loss to Columbus hurt a little less. L8R Bro.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 15, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I liked what I saw of Junior in the Portsmouth game. Fingers crossed that he develops well.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | September 15, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I don't think we protect Graye. Don't think anyone is going to waste an expansion draft pick on him. Boskovic is also gone next year, I have to think. He hasn't shown anything worthy of the money he is being paid.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | September 15, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

UD, I'll bet you $50 Boskovic is back next year.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 15, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Boskovic is signed through next season.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | September 15, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

@ DadRyan

Why? He doesn't even start for us right now, he's shown no leadership ability, his skills haven't been anything to shout about, and he has yet to score.

He's not even as good as Fred was, for crying out loud.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | September 15, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The rules could change. But....
--you're usually required to protect your DP
--Academy players who've just been signed (ala Shanosky) are excluded as are GenAd players. However I'd think that Hamid graduates (as does Najar) so they both have to be protected.
--you're usually limited to how many foreign (ie: non-American) players you can expose.

I would think that Junior (if he shows well) and Graye are both attractive expansion picks. A smart expansion team is aiming to get maybe 2 starters from the expansion draft, maybe another player it can parlay into a draft pick or allocation $. Graye and Junior--at minimum--are young depth.

Posted by: JoeW1 | September 15, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

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