- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

D.C. United announced the signing of Argentine Facundo Erpen last night, a central defender the club had been tracking for nine months.

Erpen, 22, who arrived in the United States yesterday, has been brought in to bolster United’s thin back line as the club faces an onslaught of games.

“He is a very talented defender who is good in the air and, as you would expect from an Argentine, is very composed on the ball,” said United technical director Dave Kasper.

The 6-foot defender joins United from second-division club Talleres de Cordoba, where he has played 58 games.

“My dream has always been to play abroad, and D.C. United has watched me for eight months and always treated me nice,” Erpen said through an interpreter. Erpen will not be eligible to play for United until the transfer window opens Monday. He will make his first appearance in an exhibition game in Harrisburg, Pa., on Tuesday.

Kasper said Major League Soccer had paid an unspecified transfer fee for the player.

John Haydon’

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