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Argentine Defender Works Out With D.C.

Thursday, March 3, 2005; Page D02

D.C. United's search for a central defender continued yesterday with the arrival of Argentina's Marcelo Kobistyj, who will practice with the team for the next several days.

Kobistyj, 33, is among two finalists to replace all-star Ryan Nelsen, who signed with English club Blackburn during the offseason. Team officials declined to identify the other candidate, but they're hoping to set up a workout soon. United is also looking abroad for midfield help.

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"We want to look at different players right now and see if [Kobistyj is] the answer for us or not," Coach Peter Nowak said.

Kobistyj played in the Spanish second division last year after appearing for Italian and Argentine clubs, most notably Independiente and Huracan. United officials saw him participate in workouts last fall in Argentina but haven't seen him play in a competitive game.

Meantime, rookie midfielder-defender Stephen deRoux might have to undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot, United technical director Dave Kasper said.

DeRoux, from High Point High School and Prince George's Community College, is vying for one of the final roster spots.

-- Steven Goff

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