Several guest players will appear at D.C. United training this week, but according to General Manager Dave Kasper, the club is “unlikely” to make any moves before MLS’s roster deadline Friday.
With the USL (third division) complete and players in top form and fitness, this month is a good time for clubs to evaluate players for the future. Kasper didn’t rule out the possibility of an immediate acquisition but said United doesn’t have much flexibility in terms of roster and salary cap space.
United has invited two players from regular season champion Orlando City: right back Mechack Jerome and forward Dennis Chin, who led the league with 11 goals. Chin trained with the Chicago Fire last week.
United will also assess Harrisburg City Islanders forward Yann Ekra in Tuesday morning’s reserve match against the Montreal Impact at the RFK training grounds.
MLS pool goalkeeper Steve Spangler, who is based in Kansas City, will also join United’s training. Andrew Dykstra, the third-choice keeper who spent much of the season on loan to the third-tier Charleston Battery, has European ambitions and might leave after this season.
The most intriguing guest is Indonesian youth international Andik Vermansyah, 20, who arrives in Washington today. He is scheduled for a two-week workout. If United likes what it sees, the club would invite him to 2013 preseason camp.
*Dykstra started in Charleston’s 1-0 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL championship match Saturday in South Carolina.
*United dropped a 1-0 reserve league result at Montreal last Friday, but on the bright side, forward Maicon Santos, who was sidelined for weeks with a foot injury, played 56 minutes, and right back Robbie Russell, out for months with a similiar ailment, went 65.
*Reserve midfielder Stephen King underwent hernia surgery and is out for several weeks.
*Albanian forward Hamdi Salihi, who started in a 3-1 victory over Cyprus
Moldova on Friday, seems likely to return to the lineup for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier at Switzerland. Canada’s Dwayne De Rosario and Dejan Jakovic are in Panama for the return qualifier following a 1-0 win in Toronto on DeRo’s 77th-minute goal.
All three will travel back to Washington on Wednesday and begin preparing for Saturday’s league match against the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium.