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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 07/05/2011

D.C. United news & notes: Jamaican trialist, injury update, Fred, Ben Olsen

*Adrian Reid, a Jamaican center back who was on trial for a week and played in D.C. United’s reserve match Sunday, returned home to await a possible contract offer. United officials haven’t decided whether to pursue a deal, but if they do, Reid would be on loan from Jamaican club Portmore United.

“He had a good spell here and we’ll keep an eye on him and see where we are as far as health in the back and what we need going forward,” Coach Ben Olsen said. The international window opens July 15.

*Left back Marc Burch, out for weeks with a hamstring ailment, is training fully and played 45 minutes for the reserves. Center back Dejan Jakovic (hamstring) was upgraded to doubtful and seems on target for a return to the game-day roster July 16 at FC Dallas.

*The concussion bug has hit again: Reserve defender Brandon Barklage was struck in the head by a ball during the reserve match and is sidelined. He joins Devon McTavish and Santino Quaranta. It’s unclear how much time Barklage will miss.

For much more, including a like to Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer’s column.....

*Brazilian midfielder Fred was given the day off to handle diplomatic paperwork ahead of his transfer to Australian club Melbourne Heart. He is available for two more MLS matches.

*United was among 10 teams that passed up an opportunity to acquire forward Soony Saad in a weighted lottery today. The general consensus is that Saad, who played one year at Michigan, is not a top prospect. Four teams were ineligible because they had won lotteries earlier this year. Chivas USA, Chicago, Sporting Kansas City and Portland were vying for his services. Sporting won the lottery.

*You might have noticed Olsen showing some hops early in Saturday’s match when he leapt to catch a wayward ball and quickly flipped it to a player for a throw-in.

“That was always my problem: I had better hands than feet,” he said.

*Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer provides his match diary and player ratings from Saturday’s draw with the Philadelphia Union.

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