United Has Agreement With International Goalie Crayton

Friday, August 8, 2008

D.C. United has reached an agreement in principle with Louis Crayton, a Liberian-born goalkeeper who has spent most of his career in Switzerland, sources familiar with the negotiations said yesterday.

Crayton, 30, would need to pass a physical and have his International Transfer Certificate processed before becoming eligible to play for United, which has been seeking an experienced goalie to challenge Zach Wells for playing time since waiving Jose Carvallo of Peru last month. Wells recorded his first regular season shutout last weekend, but has performed inconsistently since being acquired last winter from Houston.

United officials declined to comment on the negotiations.

Crayton has been primarily a backup the past three seasons for Swiss champion FC Basel, his eighth team in 11 seasons. Previously, he started for Concordia Basel in the second division.

His international career has included 36 appearances for Liberia's national team, but he was not on the roster for recent 2010 World Cup qualifiers. He also has Swiss citizenship.

If the deal is finalized, Crayton would become the second Liberian on United's roster, joining forward Francis Doe.

Meantime, with a victory in next week's U.S. Open Cup semifinals, United would host the Charleston Battery or visit the Seattle Sounders on Sept. 3 in the championship game, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced. United will face MLS rival New England at RFK Stadium on Tuesday. Seattle and Charleston, which compete in USL1, American soccer's second division, will meet the same night in South Carolina.

-- Steven Goff

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