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D.C. United beat the MLS transfer window deadline late Friday by acquiring Brazilian Raphael Augusto, a 21-year-old central midfielder. He comes on loan from famed Brazilian club Fluminense.

Augusto, who has under-20 national team experience, has been playing on loan with another club in Brazil’s second division.

Terms were not disclosed. He won’t become eligible until his work visa is approved and United receives his international transfer certificate.

Augusto is the third Brazilian to sign with United this year, joining MLS veterans Maicon Santos and Marcelo Saragosa.

Augusto fills an international roster slot that opened when Santos received permanent residency (green card) this week. United credited Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) with assisting in the process.

The Friday deadline pertained to international transfers and loans. MLS clubs are permitted to sign free agents, make trades and acquire players from the lower divisions before the Sept. 14 roster freeze.

*In my preview of United’s friendly against Paris Saint-Germain tonight at RFK Stadium, Ben Olsen and the players say they will treat this like a league match in an effort to regain their form after three losses in four matches.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.

TV: No live coverage. Tape at 10 p.m. on Fox Soccer.

DCU: Hamid; Korb, Jakovic, Dudar, Woolard; DeLeon, Kitchen, Branko, Pontius; De Rosario, Tan.

PSG: Douchez; Tiene, Bisevac, Lugano, Alex; Verratti, Bodmer, Maxwell, Nene; Menez, Ibrahimovic.

*Did you see United investor Erick Thohir in the Indonesian delegation during the parade of nations at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in London? He is behind the flag-bearer. (Courtesy of @kylesheldon)


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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