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Michael Seaton loaned to Orebro SK in Sweden

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The young forward will get a chance to ply his trade overseas for a year.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

D.C. United forward and homegrown signing Michael Seaton has been loaned to Orebro SK in the Swedish Allsvenskan for one year, according to the team and through representation, joining the team as early as tomorrow.

The 18-year old will have some friends in Scandanavia, as fellow Jamaican international Deshorn Brown is over with Valerenga in the Norwegian League. D.C. is obviously familiar with the Allsvenskan, acquiring Finnish international Markus Halsti from League Champions Malmo FF in the offseason (Orebro finished sixth in the league last year). For Seaton, this would presumably mean more consistent minutes in a League tougher than the Richmond Kickers (sorry Mr. Bromley), and we hope he gets those and forces League keepers to fish his scoring goals out of nets until October.

Slightly more intriguing, this would also presumably mean that this frees up a roster spot for D.C. United who look thin at center back upon the news that Steve Birnbaum is lost for 4-6 weeks. They may use the spot for center back depth, or at forward, where former Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson remains sidelined indefinitely, while current Seattle Sounders forward Kenny Cooper remains unused but will have his situation addressed Thursday by Garth Lagerwey, for what it's worth.