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D.C. keeper Cronin breaks wrist


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D.C. United goalkeeper Steve Cronin is out "several weeks" after suffering a broken wrist this week, the team announced on Thursday.

Cronin, acquired in a December trade with the Portland Timbers for Troy Perkins, hurt his wrist during a training session on Tuesday. United's only healthy keepers in camp are two un-signed trialists, Chase Harrison and Joe Willis.

Bill Hamid is still on the comeback trail from offseason shoulder surgery and isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season. Cronin was on track to be the starter for the team's opening match on March 19 against the Columbus Crew.

Do you think this is a big problem for D.C.? Do you think the team should try to sign an experienced veteran, or start the season with Harrison and/or Willis?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Let the injuries begin. Been a big problem for the training staff the last few years. It would be nice to see a change this season.

  2. Probably should sign Knighton, have Willis play backup for the opener. Someone will have to go when Hamid and Cronin are back tho. Can Cronin be placed on injured reserve for some period of time to avoid salary cap impact?

  3. I agree — Onstad is probably the best stopgap measure, even if he’s out of shape. Heck, Zach Thornton was NEVER in shape when he made the All-Star team two years ago…

  4. Granted Cronin wasn’t a world beater, I think he really improved during his time in Portland. If young keeper’s get game action, even a level down, they’ll get better as they age.

  5. Well — since we’re talking about a need for a goalie, it would make more sense if goalkeeping coach Pat Onstad did the unretiring.

  6. He is in great shape. That doesn’t mean his shoulder is. They’ve said all along that he wouldn’t be ready to get any game-type work before mid-March. It would be awfully optimistic to start him in a game, if he hasn’t even scrimmaged.

  7. I assumed Hamid was close to 100% by now…
    The Washington Post had an article on Hamid that made it sound like he had really gotten serious about his career and was in such good shape that his own coach didn’t recognize him.


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