- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2008

Troy Perkins will transfer to Norwegian first division club Valerenga after D.C. United agreed to the move yesterday, ending the goalie’s four-year tenure with the club.

“Troy developed into one of the top goalkeepers in MLS during the past four years and it is no surprise that his services are in demand overseas,” United general manager Dave Kasper said.

MLS does not disclose transfer fees, but it is estimated to be about $750,000, of which United gets two-thirds.

Perkins was named Major League Soccer goalie of the year in 2006.

At his new club, which is based in Oslo, Perkins is expected to make twice the $85,000 salary he earned last year at United. The 26-year-old joined United in 2004 as a backup goalie to Nick Rimando and made 16 starts that season.

After playing in only two games in 2005, the Evansville graduate claimed the starting role from Rimando the following year. He played 29 games in 2007 and helped United claim the Supporter’s Shield. Perkins started 77 games with United with a record of 36-19-22.

United acquired goalie Zach Wells from the Houston Dynamo in a trade for defender Bobby Boswell last month.

Wells was one of 26 players called into the U.S. team training camp that kicked off yesterday in Carson, Calif. The American team is preparing for an exhibition game against Sweden on Jan. 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Payne on the mend — United president Kevin Payne, 54, underwent quadruple bypass surgery yesterday morning at Fairfax Hospital. Doctors were pleased with the six-hour procedure and Payne is resting in intensive care. Payne, who has been at the helm of the team since day one, suffered a mild stoke in October. After a battery of tests, doctors discovered he had a blockage around the heart. He is expected to be back full-time on the job next month.

Notes — United defender Devon McTavish, 23, had hernia surgery this week. …

The New York Red Bulls yesterday waived Baltimore native Santino Quaranta, 23, D.C. United’s top pick in 2001.

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