D.C. United’s training camp roster

January 18, 2013

D.C. United’s roster for training camp includes most of the players who fueled the run to the MLS Eastern Conference finals in November. Players will come and go before the season opener March 2 at Houston. The supplemental draft is Tuesday and United is monitoring the international market. Camp begins in earnest Sunday in Bradenton, Fla., where DCU will play the Columbus Crew and Swedish club Malmo. The bulk of camp will be spent in Orlando, Feb. 7-23.

GOALKEEPERS

Bill Hamid: U.S. national team camp through the end of month

Joe Willis: returned from 10-day training with Sunderland in English Premier League

Andrew Dykstra: training with Hartlepool in England’s League One, holds EU passport, expected in camp but club won’t prevent him from pursuing opportunity overseas

Diego Restrepo: 24-year-old trialist from the University of Virginia played in first-team matches for America de Cali in Colombia and Tachira in Venezuela

Matt Van Oekel: 26-year-old trialist from the second-tier Minnesota Stars

Departed: none.

DEFENDERS

Brandon McDonald: incumbent center back

Dejan Jakovic: incumbent center back with a new contract

Andy Najar: right back on loan this month to Anderlecht, which is making transfer overtures

Chris Korb: has started on the left and right

Daniel Woolard: apparent first-choice left back again after suffering concussion last summer

Robbie Russell: veteran right back in what he says is probably his final season

Ethan White: 2011 starting center back was hampered much of last season with knee injury and other ailments

Taylor Kemp: left back from the Univesity of Maryland drafted in the first round, 17th overall

Nevan Markovic: 25-year-old trialist from Serbia who joined Sporting Kansas City last July; primary position is left back

Kyle Altman: 26-year-old trialist from Minnesota Stars

Demitrius Omphroy: 23-year-old trialist who was drafted by Toronto in 2011

Departed: Mike Chabala was waived. DCU declined to exercise the option on Emiliano Dudar’s contract and is awaiting his response to a new deal.

MIDFIELDERS

Chris Pontius: 2012 Best XI selection recovering from groin injury

Perry Kitchen: incumbent defensive midfielder

Nick DeLeon: incumbent right wing, also plays on the left

Lewis Neal: versatile veteran back for second season

Marcelo Saragosa: holding midfielder who started late last season

Raphael Augusto: loan from Fluminense in Brazil expected to be extended

John Thorrington: 33-year-old signing from MLS re-entry draft; six years with Chicago, two with Vancouver; plays in middle and right side

Conor Shanosky: spent last season on loan with second-tier Fort Lauderdale last season

Lance Rozeboom: 2012 draft pick tore ACL last spring

Ryan Richter: Trialist for second straight year after being a late cut in 2012

Joseph Nane: Trialist who has played for Toronto FC and Colorado Rapids

Departed: Stephen King was released. Branko Boskovic returned to Montenegro and is seeking a new club in Europe.

FORWARDS

Dwayne De Rosario: attacking conductor has recovered from knee injury

Lionard Pajoy: started down the stretch last season

Long Tan: six appearances last year after trade with Vancouver

Rafael: young designated player on loan from Bahia in Brazil; awaiting visa approval

Michael Seaton: 16-year-old homegrown signing from DCU Academy, Freestate Soccer Alliance and Jamaica under-17 national team

Departed: Maicon Santos was claimed by Chicago after DCU declined his contract option. Josh Wolff retired to become a full-time assistant coach with DCU. Hamdi Salihi is seeking other opportunities after falling out of favor last season.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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