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Season Saver: Louis Crayton

DC United’s goalkeeping situation was dire when Louis Crayton the Liberian National Team keeper was signed a month ago. The Red and Black had recorded one clean sheet the entire season and had uncharacteristically lost all three games of the Superliga tournament at home. Zach Wells whom Crayton supplanted as the top keeper with United mixed some spectacular saves with mistakes of an amatuerish nature. Wells, whose performances seemed to always underwhelmed seem to get the benefit of the doubt from people like myself who simply blamed what appeared to be a pourus backline for the problems. But in fact it seems most of the trouble was caused by Wells himself in hindsight.

DC United enters the final stretch of the MLS season next weekend and has the US Open Cup Final Tuesday. The club is once again chasing silverware thanks to Crayton. In five appearances with club he has already kept three clean sheets, the most recent being a nill-nill draw against New York Red Bulls this past Saturday. Crayton has made 35 appearences for the Liberian National Team and came to United from FC Basel where he had spent the previous three seasons.

What are everyone’s thoughts about the Crayton signing? Can it be reasonably surmised that he has saved DC United’s season?

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  1. elopingcamel

    September 2, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Echoing Goose…

    Wells had a good reputation at the time and had shown well for Houston when Onstad was out last season. Was it a bit of a gamble to take on a still somewhat untested goalkeeper in Wells? Sure, but it wasn’t entirely unwarranted. It just didn’t pan out.

  2. Goose

    September 2, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Izzy, what exactly was United supposed to do, other than refuse Troy Perkins his release? They had a deal in place (that would trade Boswell away – his time in DC was over regardless) to get Cannon that apparently fell through at the last minute. Wells was among the best available options and, at the time, had a pretty strong reputation.

  3. IZZY

    September 1, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    For all your bias towards DC United you never mentioned Kevin Payne and Tom Soehn’s stupidity led DCU to sign Carvalaho and trade for Wells. Now you give them credit for this move after ignoring their mistakes.

  4. Phillip

    September 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    As a united fan… he has.

    In the US Open Cup Final…
    8 points off of the Supporters Shield (though a longshot, closer than we were)…
    In playoff contention…
    Gives me more hope for the CCL…

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