- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

With Jaime Moreno out of town, Nicholas Addlery may get another chance to play Saturday when D.C. United plays host to the Houston Dynamo.

Moreno, United’s leading scorer, will be playing for the Bolivian national team in an exhibition against Ireland in Foxborough, Mass. While striker Guy-Roland Kpene likely will be Moreno’s replacement in the starting lineup, Addlery may be next in line. The 26-year-old has played in two games for United, including one start, and he’s eager to get back on the field.

“I’m taking it one day at a time, just putting the work in,” Addlery said.

Addlery gives United a big target in the box and a physical player who can get his head on the end of crosses.

“You want forwards to go in there and beat up on defenders,” United coach Tom Soehn said. “There’s not too many in our league that do that. That’s a quality he has, and that’s something we are going to look at as he develops.”

The 6-foot-1 Addlery made his debut for United three days after joining the team, coming off the bench in a 1-0 loss at the Columbus Crew on April 28. His first start came May 3 in a 1-1 tie with the New England Revolution.

Addlery finds himself with United by default. He signed with the Virginia Beach Mariners of the United Soccer League earlier in the year, but the team went out of business.

“Virginia folded, and D.C. gave me the opportunity,” Addlery said. “It was a tough situation for everybody there at the Mariners, but such is life. I’m lucky.”

Addlery has played for a number of teams around the world, including Dong Nai FC in Vietnam.

Former English World Cup defender Terry Fenwick, who coached Addlery in Trinidad and Tobago, helped him find that team.

“The food was different, but the soccer was soccer,” Addlery said. “The Vietnamese players were OK, but it was easy to play against them as I was physically bigger and I could manhandle them.”

Addlery, who is from the Red Hills area of Kingston, Jamaica, said he gets his inspiration from flamboyant French star Djibril Cisse, who is now playing for Marseille on loan from Liverpool.

“I love his desire: two broken legs and his not giving up after being thrown out of Liverpool,” Addlery said. “I like players who are hungry with desire like that.”

Addlery, who has a green card, played for Division II California University of Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2002, scoring 52 goals in 75 games for the Vulcans.

While he struggles to get back onto United’s first team, Addlery played the full 90 minutes in the D.C. United reserves’ scoreless tie with Toronto FC reserves Sunday and leads the United reserve team with two goals.

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