D.C. United news and notes

February 19, 2014
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D.C. United waived forward Casey Townsend, a former Maryland star who did not score in nine league appearances (three starts) last season and remained low on the depth chart while recovering from injury at training camp.

Last winter United relinquished a second-round pick to Chivas USA, which had selected Townsend fifth overall in the 2012 MLS draft. Chivas used that pick last month to claim Clemson midfielder Thomas McNamara.

Townsend, 24, would have had to earn a spot on United’s senior roster, which includes 20 players who count against the salary cap. (The other eight to 10 players are exempt from the cap.) Last year he earned $57,000 in base salary and $92,000 overall.

Last in the league in goals last season, United acquired two proven scorers this winter: Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola. The club also purchased the contract of Conor Doyle, who was on loan from Derby County last season, and remain high on homegrown forward Michael Seaton. Others capable of playing up front: Chris Pontius, Luis Silva and rookie Christiano Francois.

*United practiced in the Washington area today and will depart for Charleston, S.C., on Thursday to prepare for the Carolina Challenge Cup, the final stage of preseason before the March 8 opener against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium. In South Carolina, United will face the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, third-division Charleston Battery next Wednesday and the Seattle Sounders on March 1.

*United’s current depth chart (28):

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid, Joe Willis, Andrew Dykstra.

Center backs: Bobby Boswell, Jeff Parke, Steve Birnbaum, Nana Attakora, Conor Shanosky.

Right backs: Sean Franklin, Chris Korb, Jalen Robinson.

Left backs: Cristian Fernandez, Korb, Taylor Kemp.

Defensive midfielders: Perry Kitchen, Jared Jeffrey, Lewis Neal.

Right-side attackers: Nick DeLeon, Kyle Porter, Christiano Francois.

Left-side attackers: Chris Pontius, Fabian Espindola, Davy Arnaud, Porter, Neal, Victor Munoz.

Central attackers: Arnaud, Luis Silva, Neal, Collin Martin, Francois, Munoz.

Forwards: Eddie Johnson, Espindola, Pontius, Silva, Conor Doyle, Michael Seaton, Francois.

Of note: United’s formation remains unclear. Ben Olsen has experimented with a 4-4-2, 4-5-1 and 4-3-3. … Munoz remains on trial. … Another trialist or two might join the club in Charleston. … United will assign four players to third-division Richmond next month.

*Former DCU player Santino Quaranta was appointed head coach of the Baltimore Bohemians, which has competed in the fourth-tier Premier Development League (amateur) since 2012. He succeeds Steve Nichols, who was named coach at Baltimore’s Loyola University. After retiring as a player, Quaranta co-founded Pipeline Soccer Club.

*United and Comcast SportsNet continue to work toward finalizing the broadcast schedule and the announcing tandem. At least 16 matches will appear on CSN this season. The club is also close to finalizing a radio deal with WJFK 106.7 The Fan (English) and WLZL 107.9 El Zol (Spanish).

*Still awaiting word on a proposed June 7 doubleheader at FedEx Field featuring United vs. Columbus and the Spanish national team against El Salvador. As it stands, United is scheduled to play the Crew on that day at RFK Stadium. Spain will conduct the last segment of World Cup training camp in the Washington area, with the expectation of one friendly here.

 

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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