D.C. United has signed Dennis Iapichino, a Swiss left back waived by the Montreal Impact last week. He will be available for Saturday’s match against Montreal at Saputo Stadium.
Iapichino, 23, made nine regular season appearances and seven starts this year before the Impact dropped him, citing the desire to provide playing time for homegrown players.
Five players have manned the left side of the backline this season: Daniel Woolard, James Riley, Chris Korb, Taylor Kemp … and Alain Rochat, a Swiss player acquired from Vancouver this summer. He did not like the idea of moving across the continent, so he pushed for a transfer home a month after arriving in Washington. United granted his request and sold him to Swiss club Young Boys.
Iapichino becomes the 35th player to wear the black and red this season and 13th transaction since May 28 (seven additions and six departures, including Charlie Davies‘ MLS rights). His acquisition provides defensive depth ahead of the only meaningful match remaining: the U.S. Open Cup final Oct. 1 at Real Salt Lake.
United (3-16-4) is out of playoff contention with 11 league matches remaining.
Iapichino’s Montreal deal was worth $110,000 annually, but after being waived, he settled for a lower figure in order to remain in the league. Terms were not disclosed and the impact on United’s salary cap is unclear. D.C. did not have to adjust its roster to accommodate Iapichino’s arrival.
The MLS roster deadline is Sept. 13. The international transfer window closed last week, but clubs are able to sign domestic or foreign free agents and execute trades for the next month.