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Posted at 2:29 PM ET, 02/10/2011

D.C. United goalkeeper Steve Cronin out 8-10 weeks, midfielder Junior Carreiro sidelined with ankle injury

By Steve Goff

[UPDATED]

D.C. United goalkeeper Steve Cronin will be sidelined eight to 10 weeks with a broken left wrist and miss at least three MLS regular season matches.

Cronin, a winter acquisition competing with Bill Hamid for the starting job, was injured during Tuesday's training session in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He will not require surgery. United's season opener is in about five weeks (March 19).

Hamid, in the final stages of rehabilitating a surgically repaired shoulder, is scheduled to play in a competitive match at next month's preseason tournament in Charleston, S.C. General Manager Dave Kasper said there are no immediate plans to sign another goalkeeper -- few are available at this point -- but the club will continue to explore options.

Chase Harrison and rookie Joe Willis are the other keepers in camp.

Meantime, reserve midfielder Junior Carreiro has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle, suffered in Wednesday's scrimmage against Florida International University. He will undergo an MRI exam in Washington soon.

By Steve Goff  | February 10, 2011; 2:29 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United, Steve Cronin  
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Comments

The news could be worse. Doesn't sound like we'll need to find another 'keeper..but it wouldn't hurt to bring in another to take a look, since there are some keepers with game experience looking for work.

Posted by: fischy | February 10, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

It should sharpen the competition for that 3rd slot.

Usually if you're keeper #4 at pre-season training, it's just sleep-away camp with a per-diem until roster cuts.

Now, you actually get to play...

Posted by: JkR- | February 10, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

It's good we're getting an early start on getting injured. By mid-season, we should be really good at it.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | February 10, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I call dibs on the first hernia of the season!

Posted by: rockotodd | February 10, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Goff is tweeting that it's 8-10 weeks....

Posted by: JkR- | February 10, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see a new injury at least. I don't think we've had a broken wrist since Josh Gros was running around with clubs on his hands.

Posted by: HowdyDCU | February 10, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I heard he broke it when he grabbed for a pulled hamstring...

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 10, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the reason the FO isn't too bothered about signing another keeper is that if things got dire, Pat Onstad could unretire and come off the bench!

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 10, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

@edgeonyou, everyone in the airport lounge looked when I laughed out loud. Very well played.

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 10, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

And so it begins...

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | February 10, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

oh for cryin out loud...everytime I log back in is there gonna be a new injury update??

Posted by: DCB23 | February 10, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Pat Onstad: you have one GK with a broken wrist and one recovering from shoulder surgery. I'll bet you're re-thinking that retirement.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 10, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

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