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MLS Notes: DC United signs Dykstra, Impact waive Westlake, and more

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D.C. United could find itself without goalkeeper Bill Hamid quite a bit in 2012 as the U.S. national team netminder and potential Olympian stands poised to have a busy year. With that in mind, DC added a veteran goalkeeper to help provide some cover.

DC signed former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra on Monday. Dykstra began the 2010 season as the Chicago Fire's starting goalkeeper, but eventually lost the job to then-rookie Sean Johnson before eventually being waived and landing with the Charleston Battery.

Dykstra will battle second-year goalkeeper Joe Willis for the DC United No. 2 goalkeeper job behind Hamid. He could be in the lineup for DC against Charleston on Wednesday in the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Here are some other stories to wrap up your Monday:


The Montreal Impact have parted ways with midfielder Ian Westlake, waiving him on Monday, making him the latest victim of a crowded Impact midfield.

Westlake joined the NASL version of the Montreal Impact in 2011 after a lengthy career in England, but he was unable to establish himself in Jesse Marsch's squad during the pre-season.


The New England Revolution continue to look at new faces ahead of the new MLS season, and have added a pair of new trialists to the list of players Jay Heaps has checked out.

Former New York Red Bull and D.C. United midfielder Austin Da Luz has joined Revs camp, while forward Bobby Kirobi Devyne has also come into camp looking for a spot in the Revolution's thin forward stable.

The new arrivals come after the Revs bid farewell to former Arsenal academy player and trialist Tom Cruise.


There may be no formal affiliation between the Seattle Sounders MLS team and the Sounders Women's team, but Seattle soccer fans have to be excited about news that Alex Morgan has signed with the Sounders Women for the upcoming W League season.

Morgan joins fellow U.S. national team stars Hope Solo and Sydney LeRoux as high-profile signings by the Sounders Women, who will play their games at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wa.

Morgan is dating Seattle Sounders midfielder and college sweetheart Servando Carrasco.


  • Modibo

    Dykstra, King, Woolard, Woolf… DC is looking more and more like a brand new second-hand Chicago Fire.


  • VADCUfan

    How many of those players start though? The answer is one: Woolard, and if this Brazilian trialist pans out the answer will be zero.


  • fischy

    No — although, coincidentally, Cutter Dykstra — Nails’ kid — is a pro athlete in the DC area, in the minor league system of the Nationals.


  • wilyboy

    That hurts, seeing as Fire will be eating our dust. Seriously, Dykstra is very much #3 on our list, Wolff is purely a role player off the bench who provides chemistry, King might soon be behind our supplemental pick on the depth chart, and Woollard is an unspectacular option who might be replaced by a trialist.

    We’re fine.


  • Chris Whyte

    A few good men are losin’ it this year as MLS is far and away a better league than it was when Valkyrie flopped. It’s knight and day, really. He may have had all the right moves, perhaps even a top gun in years past, but the firm investment by MLS in a legend or two from Europe and lesser-known South Americans from the minority report has made it a league of lions for lambs. The collateral result is that the outsiders rejected from Europe, who used to find the color of money in America’s “retirement league”, are now eyes wide shut to a new reality — a war of the worlds to convert Americans to a sport not born on the fourth of July. Their vanilla sky has turned into days of thunder and all they can do is cry in the rain, man. It’s taps on their careers.


  • Felix

    Dykstra was the GK that De Los Cobos was convinced was good enough to replace Jon Busch – which is why he released him – another good DLC move (sarcasm).


  • Modibo

    Wow, you guys are so sensitive. I guess October 15th means something a little different to B’more United fans that it does to Chicago Fire fans.


  • bryan

    i actually liked Da Luz and was hoping DC would hold onto him.

    and now i wish i lived in seattle!


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