MLS Notes: United adds Saragosa, RBNY signs Meara, and more

MLS Notes: United adds Saragosa, RBNY signs Meara, and more

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MLS Notes: United adds Saragosa, RBNY signs Meara, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

D.C. United added more depth to its midfield on Monday, signing a player who is no stranger to MLS.

United announced the acquisition of midfielder Marcelo Saragosa, the 30-year-old Brazilian who previously had stints with FC Dallas and Chivas USA. Saragosa last played in MLS in 2010, when he registered one assist in 14 matches with Chivas USA.

Having spent the past two seasons in Azerbaijan's first division with clubs FC Absheron and Ravan Baku, Saragosa is expected to compete with Perry Kitchen, among others, for minutes at defensive midfielder.

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NEW YORK SIGNS MEARA

Less than a month after drafting him in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, the New York Red Bulls agreed to a deal with goalkeeper Ryan Meara. The former Fordham University player joins Jeremy Vuolo as the only two goalkeepers currently listed on New York's roster. Meara was taken 31st overall in the draft in January.

FC DALLAS-RED BULLS FRIENDLY RESCHEDULED

FC Dallas and the New Yok Red Bulls were set to face off in a preseason match in Mexico on Monday, but that match has been postponed. The game scheduled for Monday afternoon was canceled and pushed back due to poor field conditions caused by rain. The match has now been postponed to Tuesday at 4pm ET.

PORTLAND MAKES PAIR OF TRADES

The Portland Timbers were busy wheeling and dealing on Monday, as they made trades with D.C. United and the Montreal Impact. Portland acquired an international roster slot from D.C. United for the 2012 and 2013 seasons in exchange for allocation money. The Timbers then received a natural fourth-round draft pick in the 2015 MLS Supplemental Draft from the Impact by trading an international roster slot to the expansion team for the 2012 season.

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