D.C. United’s foreign signings, 2004-13

With the MLS transfer window set to open in less than a month, down-trodden D.C. United has promised to bolster the roster via international markets.

United, though, does not have a great track record identifying players abroad. Just in the past two weeks, the club dropped two foreigners who arrived with promise. Since 2004, a span of 10 seasons, 33 imports without U.S. pro ties have landed in Washington. Expectations varied, from the high-profile signing of Marcelo Gallardo to low-key, late-season additions (remember Lucio Filomeno?) for the purpose of strengthening depth.

Of those 33 players, 20 lasted one season or less. Four others signed in the midst of one season and were retained over the winter but did not last the entire subsequent campaign.

I have graded the team for each signing (on a scale of 1 to 10), taking into account production, tenure and expectation upon arrival:

*Christian Gomez, midfielder, Argentina

DCU career: 2004-07, 2009.

Stats: 45 goals and 33 assists in 124 regular season matches, 113 starts, 2006 MLS MVP, three-time Best XI.

Signing grade: 10.

*Luciano Emilio, striker, Brazil

DCU career: 2007-09, first half of 2010.

Stats: 41 goals and eight assists in 87 regular season matches, 77 starts, 2007 MLS MVP, Golden Boot and Best XI.

Signing grade: 9.

*Dejan Jakovic, defender, Canada

DCU career: 2009-current.

Stats: 90 regular season matches, 87 starts.

Signing grade: 7.

*Fred, midfielder, Brazil

DCU career: 2007-09, first half of 2011.

Stats: 11 goals and 17 assists in 89 regular season matches, 65 starts.

Signing grade: 6.

*Facundo Erpen, defender, Argentina

DCU career: 2005-mid 2007.

Stats: 49 regular season matches, all starts.

Signing grade: 5.

*Branko Boskovic, midfielder, Montenegro

DCU career: Mid 2010 to 2012.

Stats: One goal, seven assists in 43 regular season matches, 21 starts.

Signing grade: 5. (Adjusted for salary: 4)

*Gonzalo Martinez, defender, Colombia

DCU career: 2008.

Stats: 26 regular season matches, 22 starts.

Signing grade: 4.

*Louis Crayton, goalkeeper, Liberia

DCU career: late 2008-mid 2009.

Stats: 18 regular season starts, 27 goals allowed.

Signing grade: 4.

*Hamdi Salihi, striker, Albania

DCU career: 2012.

Stats: Six goals in 22 regular season matches, 10 starts.

Signing grade: 4. (Adjusted for salary: 3)

*Danny Allsopp, striker, Australia

DCU career: 2010.

Stats: Five goals in 23 regular season matches, 18 starts.

Signing grade: 4.

*Marcelo Gallardo, midfielder, Argentina

DCU career: 2008.

Stats: Four goals, three assists in 15 regular season matches, 14 starts.

Signing grade: 4. (Adjusted for salary: 3)

*Gonzalo Peralta, center back, Argentina

DCU career: 2008.

Stats: 18 regular season matches, 17 starts.

Signing grade: 3.

*Emiliano Dudar, center back, Argentina

DCU career: 2012.

Stats: 11 regular season matches, 10 starts.

Signing grade: 3.

*Rafael, striker, Brazil

DCU career: 2013-current.

Stats: One goal in six regular season matches, four starts.

Signing grade: 3.

*Matias Donnet, midfielder, Argentina

DCU career: Last part of 2006.

Stats: One goal in eight regular season matches, seven starts.

Signing grade: 3.

*Raphael Augusto, midfielder, Brazil

DCU career: Late 2012-first half of 2013.

Stats: Seven regular season matches, five starts.

Signing grade: 3.

*Franco Niell, forward, Argentina

DCU career: First half of 2008.

Stats: One assist in seven regular season matches, three starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Christian Castillo, midfielder, El Salvador

DCU career: First half of 2010.

Stats: 10 regular season matches, eight starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Marcos Sanchez, midfielder, Panama

DCU career: First half of 2013.

Stats: Nine regular season matches, six starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Nana Kuffour, midfielder, Ghana

DCU career: Mid 2004 through 2005.

Stats: One goal in eight regular season matches, three starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Jose Carvallo, goalkeeper, Peru

DCU career: First half of 2008.

Stats: One regular season start, four goals allowed.

Signing grade: 2.

*Steve Guppy, forward, England

DCU career: First half of 2005.

Stats: One assist in five regular season matches, four starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Juan Manuel Pena, center back, Bolivia

DCU career: 2010.

Stats: 10 regular season matches, nine starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Pablo Hernandez, forward, Argentina

DCU career: Second half of 2010.

Stats: One assist in 14 regular season matches, 13 starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Lucio Filomeno, forward, Argentina

DCU career: Late 2005-mid 2006.

Stats: One goal, one assist in 12 regular season matches, five starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Ange N’Silu, forward, Congo

DCU career: 2009.

Stats: One goal, one assist in nine matches, four starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Rodrigo Brasesco, defender, Uruguay

DCU career: First half of 2011.

Stats: Three regular season matches, two starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Carlos Varela, midfielder, Spain

DCU career: Last part of 2010.

Stats: Six regular season matches, one start.

Signing grade: 2.

*Kasali Yinka Casal, midfielder, England

DCU career: First half of 2007.

Stats: One assist in four regular season matches, no starts.

Signing grade: 2.

*Junior Carreiro, midfielder, Brazil

DCU career: Late 2010-mid 2011.

Stats: Three regular season matches.

Signing grade: 2.

*David Habarugira, defender, Burundi

DCU career: Last part of 2009.

Stats: No regular season matches.

Signing grade: 2.

*Ibrahim Koroma, defender, Sierra Leone

DCU career: Last part of 2008.

Stats: No regular season matches.

Signing grade: 2.

*Syamsir Alam, midfielder, Indonesia

DCU career: 2013-current.

Stats: No regular season matches.

Signing grade: 1.5. (The .5 is for club branding in Indonesia)

United has fared better with homegrown signings (Bill Hamid, Andy Najar) and the college draft (Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen, Nick DeLeon). Trades have been a mixed bag.

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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