D.C. United invites former U.S. U-20 defender to training camp
John Requejo Jr., a former U.S. youth worldwide who performed within the Mexican leagues for three half of years, has begun a trial with D.C. United.
The 21-year-old free agent is a left again from Santa Barbara County, Calif., who handed up a suggestion from UCLA to signal with Tijuana. He performed primarily in Copa MX matches for 3 seasons earlier than happening mortgage to second-division Dorados final summer season, beginning 5 matches throughout all competitions.
In 2015, Requejo was a member of the U.S. Under-20 World Cup squad in New Zealand with, amongst others, Paul Arriola, a Tijuana teammate who’s now getting into his first full season with United. Previously, Requejo performed for the under-14, U-15 and U-17 nationwide groups.
D.C. is trying to find depth on the exterior again positions. The solely holdovers from final season are projected starters Taylor Kemp (left) and Nick DeLeon (proper).
Also in training camp are right-back candidates Sheanon Williams, an eight-year MLS veteran, and Chris Odoi-Atsem, whose contract choice was not renewed by D.C. after an injury-plagued rookie season. United stays in pursuit of a Latin American exterior again; the membership has declined to establish him publicly.
Midfielder Rob Vincent has additionally arrived at camp in Clearwater, Fla. He missed all of final season with knee issues which have jeopardized his profession. Even if he regains full well being, he’s a longshot to earn a contract.
Two fourth-round draft picks, VCU midfielder Rafael Andrade Santos and Albany ahead Afonso Pinheiro, additionally face lengthy odds of creating the squad.
United continues to pursue an attacking midfielder from Latin America; he, too, has not been publicly recognized.
“Nothing has changed,” Coach Ben Olsen stated when requested to present a search replace. “There are some targets, but those targets keep moving. Sometimes being patient is a good thing.”
Arriola, Ian Harkes and Russell Canouse reported to camp Tuesday after three weeks at U.S. camp. They did gentle work within the early session and engaged in common drills late within the day.
United will conduct an intrasquad scrimmage this weekend earlier than going through Swedish champion Malmo on Feb. eight in Bradenton, Fla. Three different tuneups are on the agenda: Philadelphia Union on Feb. 17 and second-division Jacksonville Armada on Feb. 21 within the Tampa space, and the second-flight Las Vegas Lights in Nevada on Feb. 24.
United’s season opener is March three at Orlando City.