Twitter has a recent tendency to link D.C. United with aging strikers from overseas. The first rumors came out just after the end of Euro 2012, when Andriy Shevchenko, primarily of AC Milan and Dynamo Kyiv fame, was the supposed target. Much of the source of this rumor was the fact that Shevchenko and his family spend a good amount of time in the greater Washington area (even having been married in Bethesda).
After that, Twitter connected D.C. United with out of contract striker Filippo Inzaghi, who has spent the last 15 years at Juventus and AC Milan. Inzaghi is currently the second most prolific scorer in European club competitions, having been recently passed by Leo Messi. However, he just signed up to coach the AC Milan U-17 team. The most recent Twitter rumor connects United with Simone Tiribocchi, another Italian striker who has spent time with Chievo, Lecce, and Atalanta.
Now, these rumors are rather ridiculous, in my view. Each of these strikers are over 34 and play a position were United is well off. But the idea of another designated player signing in the summer transfer window is not out of the realm of possibility. Remember, since Branko Boskovic resigned at a lower number and Dwayne De Rosario's contract was paid down with allocation money, D.C. United have only one DP slot occupied. In an interview today with Craig Stouffer, new owner Jason Levien said:
We don’t want to do anything dramatic unless it’s really going to help us, but we’re spending time on that, too. We’re thinking about, can we inject a little something at this point for the rest of the season and beyond?
If you haven't already, read the rest of the article for semi-exciting meeting with Vincent Gray news. However, what all of these rumors might signify is that United is actively in the market, looking for the right players when they are more easily available. So let me know in the comments: what's on the top of your shopping list? Not depth players, but starter to designated player quality.