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D.C. United to sign Saprissa midfielder Ulises Segura

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The Black-and-Red appear to be ready to sign their first non-MLS player of the offseason.

Soccer: 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup-Costa Rica at Panama Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Following an initial report by Costa Rica reporter Yashin Quesada, reporter Miguel Calderon is saying that Deportivo Saprissa is releasing midfielder Ulises Segura to sign with D.C. United. The report has since been confirmed by Arch Bell, and we’ve also been able to independently confirm it.

If the 24-year old sounds familiar to readers, that’s because he was linked to the Black-and-Red back in May, at the time along with New York City FC (and offers from Belgium and Mexico). However, when you lump in Ben Olsen’s recent trip to Costa Rica, where he would have seen Segura play against former D.C. player Jose Ortiz’ Herediano club several days prior (the teams finished 1-2 in the Tico Apertura), the fact that like Ortiz, former D.C. player Kurt Morsink also represents Segura, that Saprissa teammate Julio Cascante was a target of the Portland Timbers in May and as the links mention is apparently on his way to MLS also, all that’s left appears to be the announcement.

Segura played in 26 Apertura games in the 2017/18 season, starting in 23, with 5 goals, and has played at San Jose for 4 of his 5 professional seasons. He also has 6 first team Tico caps, the most recent being last month against Hungary and future teammate Zoltan Stieber.

The next question becomes where Segura would play in the lineup. Listed as an attacking midfielder, Segura played large portions of the La S matches on the wings, or play centrally in place of Marcelo Sarvas, and even could play Luciano Acosta’s playmaking role since as Lucho is suspended as a result of his red card in the 2017 season finale. While he would cost an international roster spot, it should be noted that clubs do not have to be roster and budget compliant until March.

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