• Defender Facundo Erpen, who joined United in August 2005, made the MLS All-Star team last season. But surprisingly, the 24-year-old Erpen was traded to the Colorado Rapids last month for 33-year-old defender Greg Vanney.
• Striker Lucio Filomeno, who was signed a week after Erpen, found little success with United. He played in just one game in 2005 and 11 total, totaling a goal and an assist. He was not happy with his playing time and returned home in 2006.
• Midfielder Matias Donnet was the biggest bust. He was signed last August and played in eight games (seven starts), scoring one goal. His option was not picked up.
“Christian has definitely had the most success and Facundo was an All-Star,” United technical director Dave Kasper said. “Donnet could play in this league but needed more time, and Lucio was just coming on. He wanted to leave, but we were willing to give him more time.”
“We go after Argentine players because they are very professional, technically good and will die for their shirt,” Kasper said. “Let’s face it, all the big clubs in Europe now have full-time people living in Argentina studying the players there because there’s so much talent.”
Veron, nicknamed La Brujita (the little witch) is a free agent now that his contract with Chelsea has expired. The 32-year-old is well-traveled, having played for nine clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Lazio and Inter Milan.
Signing Veron would be a major coup for United. However, the enigmatic Argentine playmaker has not always lived up to the expectations and has left a legacy of mixed impressions.
Because of David Beckham’s move to the Los Angeles Galaxy, more foreign players want to move to MLS, according to Kasper.
“The Beckham signing has opened the door for all of us,” Kasper said. “There are lots of agents reaching out to us, and we are getting a lot more contacts.”
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