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Former Danish youth international left back Jan Frederiksen is on trial with D.C. United, as is Ugandan national team captain Henry Kalungi, while Richmond Kickers head coach Leigh Cowlishaw is set to attend United's preseason camp.
D.C. United announced a pair of new trialists that will accompany the team back to Florida: Jan Frederiksen and Henry Kalungi. Frederiksen, who is 30 years old, was most recently with Polish team Wisła Kraków, although he previously played for more notable teams in Randers and Brøndby of Denmark. Henry Kalungi is the current captain of both the Richmond Kickers and the Ugandan national team; he spent a good amount of time away from the Kickers last season to lead The Cranes in their attempt to qualify for the Africa Cups of Nations. The Kickers defense sometimes looked out of sync without Kalungi, and at only age 25, he still has time to step up and become a quality MLS player.
Not only is the Kickers' captain coming to D.C. United's new camp in Florida, but his head coach Leigh Cowlishaw will join the D.C. United coaching staff in camp as well. Cowlishaw sees this time as an opportunity "to identify potential players and familiarize myself with the D.C. United squad while learning new training concepts." This is the first step in building the on-field part of the Kickers-United partnership and it hopefully puts to bed any worries about the tactics that will be taught down in Richmond.
But with two trialists arriving, that also means that two trialists are leaving. Kyle Altman of the Minnesota Stars was injured during training camp and so has departed, as has left back Neven Markovic. Kyle Porter, who was technically a guest player in the Malmo FF friendly, is now a full blown trialist. Porter apparently had a contract offer on the table from NASL's FC Edmonton, his current club, which has been revoked. Finally, Joseph Nane, Ryan Richter, and Matt VanOekel also remain on trial.