The Black-and-Red have been in bright, sunny Florida for the preseason. They’ve played a few games and have two games this week, one being against the Philadelphia Union tomorrow. D.C. United made it official with midfielder Luciano Acosta as they signed him yesterday down in Clearwater. The Argentinian midfielder played and contributed in the team’s 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies Friday night.
The 21-year old made an impression during training and also in the win over the Rowdies. Despite his diminutive stature, Acosta is a physical player. He’s shown the type of pace that frustrates backlines and is solid on the ball, he assisted on the game’s only goal. That sequence was all effort, that type of play is infectious and it’ll be interesting to see how he fits into the puzzle that is the Black-and-Red’s midfield.
“Luciano is a dynamic creative midfielder who has solid experience the past two seasons in the top Argentine league, and we look forward to quickly integrating him into our group.”- Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager
His creativity was on display against the Rowdies, having another player in midfield that brings pace and the ability to win 1v1 certainly doesn’t hurt. The youngster got here by playing for Boca Juniors in 2013-2014, he spent last year playing for Estudiantes de la Plata on loan.
A clear trend has become apparent as D.C. United has focused much of their offseason on retooling their midfield. It started with trades to land Lamar Neagle and Patrick Nyarko. Then in the SuperDraft, they added two more midfielders in Julian Buscher and Paul Clowes. Then they added a veteran in Marcelo Sarvas, who has won an MLS championship with the LA Galaxy in 2014.
The players above and the freshly signed Acosta will all compete for a spot in the 18 on game days. They’ll have to earn it as Chris Rolfe, Davy Arnaud, Markus Halsti, Nick DeLeon, and Miguel Aguilar are still on the team from last season. Either way, it feels as if D.C. United has addressed an area of need on paper. Now, it’s time to see how things play out on the field.