D.C. United signs trialist Kyle Porter, according to his management's Twitter account

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After his very good preseason with the Black-and-Red and the team's recent development of an extra international roster spot, we've been expecting United to sign the Canadian winger. According to his agent's Twitter account, that has now happened.

God bless Twitter. We get news marginally faster than we used to, and not just from official sources. Players can break stories about their own call ups to national teams (*cough* Eddie Johnson) or trades, as we saw with James Riley. But their management agencies can break news, too. That appears to have happened this weekend, as Kudos Management, the agency representing Canadian trialist Kyle Porter, tweeted the following:

This news should surprise basically nobody. Porter has impressed in his preseason appearances with United, Ben Olsen saying his play "has been pretty good - pretty damn good." When news came out that Lewis Neal (LEWIS NEAL!) had been granted his Green Card and would no longer occupy a scarce international roster slot, there was little doubt that the 23-year-old Porter, who made his debut for the Canadian Men's National Team this winter, would be joining the Black-and-Red for 2013.

Besides his exceeding expectations in preseason, Porter's signing also provides depth behind Chris Pontius on the left side of midfield. While United has players who can step into that position, Neal and rookie fullback Taylor Kemp among them, none bring the attacking qualities that both Pontius and Porter possess. Having another attacking option in reserve, particularly one who looks likely to carry a very small salary cap hit, makes good sense. Here's the updated roster table (which of course is a work in progress):

No.

Pos.

Player Name

Age

Ht.

Budget Status

International?

1

2

D

James Riley

30

5' 10"

2

3

D/M

Robbie Russell

33

6' 2"

3

4

D

Brandon McDonald

27

6' 1"

4

5

D

Dejan Jakovic

27

6' 2"

International

5

6

M/F

Syamsir Alam

20

5' 8"

Off-Budget?

International

6

7

M

Dwayne De Rosario

34

5' 10"

Designated Player

Green Card

7

8

M

John Thorrington

33

5' 8"

Naturalized

8

9

F

Rafael Teixeira de Souza

20

6'

Designated Player

International

9

11

M

Marcelo Saragosa

31

6'

Green Card

10

12

M

Raphael Augusto

21

5' 11"

Off-Budget?

International

11

13

M/F

Chris Pontius

25

6'

12

15

D

Ethan White

22

6'

Homegrown

13

16

F

Casey Townsend

23

5' 11"

Off-Budget?

14

17

M

Conor Shanosky

21

6' 4"

Homegrown

15

18

M

Nick DeLeon

22

5' 10"

Off-Budget?

16

20

F

Carlos Ruiz

33

5' 10"

Green Card

17

21

D

Daniel Woolard

28

5' 10"

18

22

D

Chris Korb

25

5' 9"

19

23

M

Perry Kitchen

20

6'

20

24

M

Lewis Neal

31

5' 11"

Green Card

21

26

F

Lionard Pajoy

31

6' 1"

International

22

28

GK

Bill Hamid

22

6' 3"

23

29

F

Michael Seaton

16

6'

Homegrown

Naturalized

24

31

GK

Joe Willis

24

6' 5"

Off-Budget?

25

33

D

Taylor Kemp

22

5' 11"

Off-Budget?

26

50

GK

Andrew Dykstra

27

6' 4"

27

--

M

Kyle Porter

23

6'

Off-Budget?

International

28

--

M

Marcos Sanchez

23

5'9"

Trialist

(International)

29

30

UPDATE: The team just announced that Lance Rozeboom is no longer with the club. The table above has been updated, and you'll notice that the team just might get the allocation bonus for both of the last two roster slots after all.

[via Red Nation, h/t reader Karlito Vargas]

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