Great name. Here's hoping he's good:D.C. United has signed defender-midfielder Floribert N'Galula, a former Manchester United prospect who most recently was with Sparta Rotterdam's reserves in the Netherlands. He is a candidate to play holding midfield or central defense for DCU, club officials said. N'Galula, 22, is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to Belgium when he was young. He rose through the Anderlecht youth system before joining Manchester United from 2003 through '07. There, he was with the youth and reserve program and was on the first-team roster for two matches in 2005-06 but didn't play. From Manchester, he went to Danish club Randers and then Rotterdam. After his Sparta deal expired last summer, N'Galula trained with Crewe Alexandra in England's fourth division. Last month, N'Galula participated in closed-door workouts with DCU.
Also: "D.C. United has cut ties with reserve defenders Avery John and David Habarugira, leaving the club with eight defenders in the mix for the work-in-progress roster," John because he's cooked, Habarugira because as a defender he showed no interest in defending.
Also, Paul Gardner rips United for signing Danny Allsopp, suggesting that Onalfo will abandon attractive soccer for grind soccer:No doubt you will all have been excited to find out that this season will mark another first for MLS: its first Australian player. Now there's progress for you.
The club presenting us with this magnificent achievement is D.C.
United, up till now known as a club that favors a skill-based game, and
an attractive one at that.
Well, we'll see about that. New coach Curt Onalfo evidently has a
rather eccentric method of pursuing that tradition. Since his arrival,
the club has shed two pretty good Brazilians. Luciano Emilio, who
scored 41 goals in 83 games during his three seasons with D.C. has been
ushered out. He will be replaced by the pioneering Australian — Daniel
I think I know what to expect from Allsopp. The sort of play that
enabled him to do well in the crudity of the English lower divisions —
39 goals in 102 games for Notts Co and 22 goals in 64 games with Hull
For that success to continue, D.C. United will have to play to
Allsopp's strength. Literally. It will not be pretty.
It's worth mentioning that Allsopp's goalscoring activities in England occurred when he was much younger — between the ages of 22 and 27. He is now 31. It is also worth noting the oddity that Allsopp joins D.C. after an abrupt departure from a Qatari club, Al-Rayyan, with whom he signed a reported three-year contract only four months ago.
And more on the viability study by Baltimore on a downtown waterfront soccer stadium. You will be treating each home game this year as if there are a finite number left, yes?