MLS Notes: D.C. United to play PSG; Crew, Revs each cut three and more

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D.C. United's stand-in opponent for their July 28 friendly will be Paris St. Germain.

As a result of Juventus cancelling its North American tour and pulling out of the World Football Challenge tournament, D.C. scrambled to find a new opponent and landed on PSG, which will also be playing Chelsea at Yankee Stadium on July 22 as part of the WFC. The D.C. match will be part of a doubleheader in the Maryland-D.C. area, with Liverpool playing Tottenham at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium earlier in the day before the United-PSG 7:30 p.m. nightcap at RFK Stadium.

Juventus was also supposed to play against PSG in Montreal and Real Madrid in Las Vegas. While the Italian champions had their place in Vegas taken by Mexican champion Santos Laguna, the match in Montreal was cancelled altogether, and fans who already purchased tickets are entitled to refunds.

Here are a few more notes from around MLS:

CREW CUT THREE, INCLUDING FRANCIS

The Columbus Crew cut Shaun Francis, Korey Veeder and Aubrey Perry Wednesday, clearing some salary cap room and freeing up an international roster slot in the process.

Francis is the most notable of the cuts. The Jamaican international began the season as the first-choice left back, starting the first five games of the season. He lost his starting job to Nemanja Vukovic, and the speedy fullback ends his three-year run with the Crew with four assists, three of which came this season.

Veeder, another fullback, was awarded to the Crew after a weighted lottery last year, but only played for the Crew reserves. Perry was a second-round SuperDraft pick out of South Florida this past January, and he also did not make any first-team league appearances.

REVS PART WAYS WITH TRIO

The New England Revolution were busy Wednesday as well, cutting John Lozano, declining to pick up the July 1 contract options on Jeremiah White and Bjorn Runstrom and activating Sainey Nyassi from the disabled list.

Lozano, a Colombian central defender, was a starter for the Revs earlier in the season but ends his time with two starts after joining the club in the winter from America de Cali.

White and Runstrom had their short-term deals expiring Sunday, and the seldom-used attackers did not make enough of an impact to make it worth the Revs' while to keep them around.

"With the international transfer window opening, we had to make some hard decisions about our roster as we look to bring in some new players," Revs general manager Mike Burns said.

RSL, FIRE MAKE TRADE

Real Salt Lake added another centerback to its roster, acquiring Kwame Watson-Siriboe from the Chicago Fire for a 2014 MLS SuperDraft fourth-round pick. Considering the MLS SuperDraft was reduced to two rounds in 2012, that would amount to a second-round supplemental draft pick.

Watson-Siriboe, in his third year out of the University of Connecticut, has struggled to find first-team time in MLS. He spent last season on loan with the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies and has not played this season at all. He made 10 appearances (seven starts) in his rookie season in 2010.

HERTZOG LOANED FOR REST OF SEASON

Corey Hertzog's loan from the New York Red Bulls to the Wilmington Hammerheads will last through the remainder of the season.

Hertzog, in his second year out of Penn State University, has excelled for the USL Pro side, accounting for four goals and two assists in seven games. His original loan was only for a month, but with him faring well for the club while getting competitive minutes he would not be getting in New York, the two sides agreed to extend for the long haul.

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Will you attend D.C. United-PSG? What do you make of all the cuts by the Crew and Revs? Think bigger moves are on the way? Do you think Watson-Siriboe will be able to contribute for RSL? Happy to see Hertzog get more game time with Wilmington?

Share your thoughts below. 

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12 Responses to MLS Notes: D.C. United to play PSG; Crew, Revs each cut three and more

  1. Jeff says:

    I think Kwame could still be quite good. Just needs to find some playing time.

  2. SilverRey says:

    Too bad about Francis. I thought this was going to be his year, but he always looked a little shaky out there on the defensive side of things. Hope he lands somewhere he can develop a little more.

  3. WildDrawFour says:

    Francis to Dynamo. They need another alternative at left back.

  4. Tim M. says:

    YES.

    Definitely should be picked up by the Dynamo

    Keep Cory Ashe as either a backup, or trade that guy for a supplemental pick or cash.

  5. billy says:

    will Dilly duka will return to NY Redbulls!!! on this transfer window

  6. Helium-3 says:

    DCU should pick up Francis. He is an underrated player and is good enough to play elsewhere in the league.

  7. Francis does have a 0.53 Assist/90min while starting 6 of 10 games played. That is probably top 10 in the league among all players.

  8. Frank says:

    The Crew couldn’t trade any of those players for a draft pick?

  9. Tim says:

    Is that English? And NO Duka will not go to RBNY. Are you out of your 12 year old mind?

  10. Jake says:

    Perry was the #2 pick in 2012, and they have already released him. I dont have much faith in the Crew drafting, since Finlay hasnt done much either and for some reason the coaches refuse to give Meram his due as well… hopefully they are saving the money for a European DP!

  11. Joaquin says:

    PSG should be in the World Football Challenge…More teams like this should be coming to the US

  12. Krisg says:

    It looks like the Revs are clearing room for Boca