D.C. United close to acquiring Argentine attacker Yamil Asad
CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA. — D.C. United has been on the hunt for a Latin American attacker for a while now, and it seems the membership has discovered one who starred in MLS final yr: Argentina’s Yamil Asad, a 23-year-old midfielder who posted seven objectives and 13 assists for Atlanta United.
The deal for Asad’s rights shouldn’t be accomplished, a number of sources mentioned Monday. With few gamers to spare, D.C. is probably going to relinquish allocation cash.
Asad was on mortgage to Atlanta from Argentine membership Velez Sarsfield final yr, and regardless of his sterling efficiency, the perimeters had been unable to lengthen the deal. Atlanta retained his MLS rights however moved on with out him, acquiring Ezequiel Barco, 18, from Argentina’s Independiente for an MLS-record $15 million final week.
In order to purchase Asad, D.C. would have to negotiate with each Sarsfield and Atlanta. If a deal is struck, Asad would be a part of a roster that features a number of new signings in midfield since final summer season: Paul Arriola, Zoltan Stieber, Russell Canouse, Ulises Segura and Junior Moreno. Returning midfielders embody Luciano Acosta and Ian Harkes.
Asad can play anyplace in an attacking function — large left or proper and within the center — however his major place final season was left wing. Stieber was United’s first alternative in that slot late final season.
Asad was eighth within the league in assists final yr and appeared in 32 of 34 common season matches (31 begins). He was suspended for one recreation early within the season for elbowing D.C.’s Lloyd Sam within the face.
Asad’s acquisition could be a transparent signal that United is comfy heading into the season with out signing one other ahead. The present corps is Darren Mattocks, who arrived from Portland in a commerce this winter; Patrick Mullins, who had a disappointing season in 2017; and Bruno Miranda, who enters his first full season in MLS after arriving on mortgage final summer season.
More to come later …