- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

In an effort to clear salary cap room to lure an international striker, D.C. United yesterday waived forward Abdul Thompson Conteh, who led the club with 14 goals last season.
United may not be done. The team is entertaining trade offers for some of its other players.
By releasing Conteh, United clears roughly $75,000 off its payroll and has around $125,000 to shop with and look for a goal scorer. The club was impressed with Scottish forward Paul Dalglish during a week-long tryout last month but has its sights on other goal scorers as well.
Dalglish, who played for Wigan Athletic in England's Second Division, is the son of Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish.
"It's no secret we're interested in Paul, but there's another one out there we're considering," United coach Ray Hudson said. "We've got our lines in the water."
League sources said United tried to trade Conteh but attracted no interest. United has scored just six goals all season and is coming off back-to-back shutout losses. The club was forced to make a roster move.
"We gave [Conteh] ample opportunities to display the goods we wanted to see," Hudson said. "I think Abdul was ready for a change. His working week was a statement to his game-day performances."
With Jaime Moreno, United's all-time leading scorer (66 goals), returning to the starting lineup after undergoing offseason knee surgery and the continued bright play of 17-year-old Santino Quaranta, the ineffective Conteh was deemed expendable.
This season Conteh, 31, struggled to find the back of the net, starting all five matches in which he appeared and scoring just one goal, in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on March 30.
Conteh, a native of Sierra Leone, was acquired from the San Jose Earthquakes along with the eighth and 10th picks in the 2001 SuperDraft for all-star defender Jeff Agoos on Feb.4, 2001.
United used the eighth pick to select Quaranta, dealt the 10th pick and goalkeeper Tom Presthus to the Columbus Crew for the third overall pick and then chose midfielder Mark Lisi in that draft. So now, all United has to show for Agoos and Presthus is Quaranta and Lisi.
Conteh played at the University of the District of Columbia, a Division II program, and turned pro after his junior year. From 1994 through 1999, Conteh played for various clubs in Central America and Mexico where he earned the nickname "La Gacela" the gazelle.
In 2000, Conteh led the Earthquakes with eight goals. He was the recipient of the 2000 MLS Humanitarian of the Year Award for his relief work in war-torn Sierra Leone.


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