Lucio Filomeno, D.C. United's newly acquired Argentine forward, has received his work visa and likely will make his MLS debut Saturday against the New York/New Jersey MetroStars at RFK Stadium, Coach Peter Nowak said yesterday.
Filomeno, 25, arrived in Washington more than a week ago, began practicing with the club and, to get better acquainted with his new teammates, traveled on the team bus to Giants Stadium this past Saturday for United's 4-1 victory over the MetroStars.
He is eligible to play in tomorrow night's match at Real Salt Lake but probably won't be included on the game-day roster because of a minor knee injury and conditioning issues (he hasn't played in a meaningful game in more than two months).
"We just want to make sure everything is in place and he's not struggling with the injury and his fitness," Nowak said. "We want to give him time to be ready for Saturday. We haven't made a final decision yet, but that probably makes more sense."
Filomeno, who has played in Argentina, Mexico, Italy and South Korea, adds attacking depth to a D.C. club that leads MLS in goals per game. United officials are counting on Filomeno to provide a dangerous presence coming off the bench as the team prepares for the playoffs, which begin Oct. 22.
Meantime, forward-midfielder Santino Quaranta has joined the U.S. national team at its training camp in Miami to prepare for World Cup qualifiers Saturday at Costa Rica and Oct. 12 against Panama in Foxborough, Mass. Midfielder Brian Carroll will join him following United's match with the MetroStars this weekend.
-- Steven Goff