Sao Paulo Striker Alfredo On Trial, Plus Injuries


D.C. United was supposed to have a couple of Brazilian trialists in camp earlier this week, but after a delay, we now know who one of them is. Alfredo Francisco Martins - you can call him Alfredo - is a 19 year old forward from the youth team of Sao Paulo FC in Brazil. Sao Paulo has one of the elite youth programs in the Americas, and has sent some pretty good young players to MLS on loan (Juninho of the LA Galaxy is probably the biggest name). This article from Sao Paulo's website notes that Alfredo was the leading scorer for their under-20 team last year. The piece from United's site also has some good and bad news on the injury front. New signings Emiliano Dudar and Maicon Santos are said to be at 100% following minor knocks, and should play in tomorrow's game against Sporting Kansas City. On the other hand, Dwayne De Rosario ("slight" groin strain), Branko Boskovic (calf contusion), and Brandon McDonald (quadriceps strain) are all newly-injured. Other than De Ro, there's no word on the severity of these injuries. We'll probably learn more before/during/after tomorrow's game; if any of this trio plays, their injury can be looked at as pretty minor. Finally, among the longer-term injured, Chris Pontius is adding time to his training sessions, while Ethan White and Josh Wolff are both still in the process of rehabbing.

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