D.C. United: Goalkeeper Steve Cronin suffers apparent broken wrist

By Steven Goff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 10, 2011; 1:17 AM

D.C. United's Steve Cronin suffered an apparent broken left wrist at training camp in Florida, muddling the MLS club's goalkeeping situation.

The injury occurred during practice Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, one day after Cronin played all 90 minutes in a 5-1 exhibition victory over the Canadian under-20 national team.

United won't know the extent of damage and the amount of time he will miss until the results of an MRI exam are reviewed on Thursday. However, the injury is an early setback for United at a position that has lacked stability since 2007.

Club officials said they didn't want to comment until a diagnosis was reached. In a message, Cronin said he was awaiting results. On his Twitter page, he wrote: "Thank you everyone for your support. I will be back and representing DC soon!"

Cronin, 27, has excelled in the second division and served as a backup in all but one of his six MLS seasons. Acquired in a December trade that sent veteran keeper Troy Perkins to the expansion Portland Timbers, Cronin was to challenge second-year pro Bill Hamid for the starting job.

Hamid, who started eight league matches last year, is in the final stages of rehabilitation from shoulder surgery and isn't likely to return to competitive action until next month at the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, S.C.

With Cronin and Hamid out, Chase Harrison, a Virginia Tech graduate who was with United late last season, started in a 4-0 win over Florida International on Wednesday. Joe Willis, a third-round draft pick, is also in camp.

If United's worst fears are realized and Cronin is sidelined for an extended period, the club might need to add another keeper as insurance in case Hamid is not ready for the season opener March 19 against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium.

Davies sits one out

Forward Charlie Davies, who had a goal and an assist on Monday, did not play in Wednesday's 60-minute contest. There were no physical issues and Coach Ben Olsen wanted to take a closer look at others, a club official said.

Davies, who was severely injured in a car accident 16 months ago, is scheduled to fly to Washington on Thursday for a medical evaluation. Soon thereafter, United will decide whether to finalize a loan with French club Sochaux.

According to a source familiar with the proposed deal, United would use about $300,000 of salary cap space on Davies and have the option to purchase his contract for $1.3 million. Team officials have declined to discuss financial arrangements. . . .

Midfielder Stephen King and Chinese forward Yang Men, who is attempting to earn a contract, scored three minutes apart in the first half of Wednesday's game. Midfielders Brandon Barklage and Branko Boskovic added goals in the second half. United will face Trinidad and Tobago's under-20 national team Saturday.

Arnoux is a possibility

United would have the best chance to win the rights to forward Cody Arnoux in a weighted lottery, should the former Wake Forest star sign with MLS.

"Discussions with MLS are underway," said agent Patrick McCabe.

Arnoux, 22, left Wake a year early to sign with English club Everton. He spent a season with the reserve squad before playing with Vancouver in the U.S. second division last year. United's league-worst record last year gives it the strongest odds in a lottery.

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