Rumor: DCU to sign Academy goalkeeper?

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  1. United fury

    United fury Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    Woodbridge, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    http://dcunited.theoffside.com/

    Bill Hamid close to signing contract, N'Silu possibly on way out. Never heard of this website, but saw this rumor in the Soccer Insider comments.
     
  2. jason1551

    jason1551 Member+

    Apr 9, 2003
    Columbus, GA
    Club:
    DC United
    Dropping N'Silu makes sense. Getting a goalkeeper does not.

    If it does happen, Kocic gets promoted to the senior roster.
     
  3. Zman Gunner

    Zman Gunner BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 7, 2003
    Middletown, DE
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Assuming the rumor is true (N'Silu seems to have played himself into Soehn's doghouse and perhaps back to Europe's lower divisions - if Harabugira gets the last open roster spot, then Kocic could be the easy choice to get the N'Silu roster spot given his role in USOC and the departure of Crayton - i.e. Wicks being the only senior roster goalie on the team), Hamid would come in as a Generation Adidas signing so he is roster-protected for a while. Assuming that he will have some demand in Europe down the road, DCU wants to get him on the books now and reap the $ later on a transfer fee (or give DCU a goalie for the future in a few years).
     
  4. DCUOffside

    DCUOffside New Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    Old Town Alexandria
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The N'Silu move is just speculation on my part to make the roster numbers work, but I'm pretty confident in the signing of Hamid.
     
  5. Soccerglue

    Soccerglue Member

    Jul 24, 2005
    Atlanta
    Club:
    Atlanta
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Need to drop Avery John and sign Juan from Flamengo.
     
  6. BigKris

    BigKris Member

    Jan 17, 2005
    Falls Church, VA
    How certain is it that Hamid would come in as Gen. Adidas? I mean, that's great for us if it happens, but I'm surprised the other teams wouldn't raise a stink over it -- not only do we ge exclusive rights to negotiate with the guy as a United Academy player, but then we get to slap him with the Adidas tag so we can make him a competitive offer but don't have to take the cap hit?

    Does it work this way with all Academy signings? If not, who decides which players are Gen. Adidas?
     
  7. Untroubled by Reason

    Dec 5, 2007
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You know, it would make a lot of sense for the league to let clubs protect the players they develop this way... but when have MLS rules made sense? :rolleyes:
     
  8. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There's been an ongoing controversy about the Red Bulls and the alleged MLS rule against them signing an academy kid. A team CAN sign academy players as Gen Ad, but there's a limit. I think it used to be one every two years, but now it's one a year.

    But in a different Metrowhining, MLS has supposedly run through its Gen Ad budget for the year.

    In short, it is definitely legal. That doesn't mean it will happen.
     
  9. Sockey

    Sockey Member

    Jan 13, 2009
    New Orleans, LA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From the Soccer Insider today:

    nix on the Hamid move methinks
     
  10. DCUOffside

    DCUOffside New Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    Old Town Alexandria
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    he seemed to think it was still on as of Sunday, but I more than accept the possibility that you're right. What we NEED is another Forward, but hey. What do I know?
     
  11. Th4119

    Th4119 Member

    Jul 26, 2001
    Annandale, VA
    That's absolutely spectacular news if it's true.
     

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