The Washington Times - February 26, 2013, 02:24PM

With the MLS season four days away, D.C. United on Tuesday reinforced their depth with the acquisition of midfielder Marcos Sanchez on loan from Panamanian club Tauro FC.

Sanchez, who at 23 years old already has 18 caps and two goals for the Panama national team, earned the one-year loan deal after impressing during a preseason trial. The player gives United sorely needed depth on the flanks and also can fill as an attacking central midfielder, helping fill the void left by departed playmaker Branko Boskovic.

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“Marcos is a highly technical player who can play a number of different spots in the midfield,” United general manager Dave Kasper said. “He has had a great two months of performances in both the UNCAF and World Cup qualifying with Panama, and he sealed a roster spot with his time during pre-season.”

United open the season Saturday at the Houston Dynamo. Stay tuned for preview coverage later this week.