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Jamaican Forward Alanzo Adlam To Begin Trial With D.C. United

The new car smell has barely begun to fade on D.C. United's current trialists, and already those names have begun to shift. There is word out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, that goalkeeper Carl Goody has been released from United's camp and has returned home. Goody was always a longshot to make the team, having played his college soccer at William Carey University, a NAIA school. His task was made that much tougher when United announced that Andrew Dykstra, who has made 17 MLS appearances and currently plays for the Charleston Battery, was brought into camp as well.

In bigger news, D.C. United have brought an international forward into camp on trial. According to the Jamaica Observer, Portmore United forward Alanzo Adlam is set to fly to Washington tomorrow and join United for a two week trial. The 22-year old is currently tied for the lead in goals scored for the Red Stripe Premier League, having put in eight thus far this season. He has also appeared in matches for Jamaica's U-20 and U-23 national teams. (Also in the article is the news that Portmore United midfielder Andrew Vanzie will also be on trial in MLS, with the Seattle Sounders.)

Forward is obviously the position that United fans are anxious to see bolstered, and the current list of players on trial leaves much to be desired. Obviously, Adlam isn't the proven European striker that many would like to see. However, he is young, is currently hot for his club team, and there were posters on the Reggae Boyz forum calling for him to get a senior callup in 2009. From what I have been able to put together (I haven't been able to find any videos of him), he is a short and speedy player, but one who can make space to head some balls home. Maybe he can be our Joao Plata?