D.C. United signs Liberian int'l keeper Crayton
Since the offseason departure of Troy Perkins, goalkeeper has been a tricky position at RFK Stadium. Zach Wells was brought in from Houston and assumed the No. 1. Jose Carvallho arrived from Peru. But reinforcements are on the way. According to reports out of Switzerland and Washington, D.C. United has signed netminder Louis Crayton.
The 6-foot Crayton will challenge for the No. 1 spot with Wells, a longtime backup in Houston who was brought to the capital city in the offseason. But Wells has had problems all season and doesn't evoke much confidence in United fans or defenders, as the side has struggled to get back into the running in the Eastern Conference after an abysmal start to the season. D.C. currently sits in fourth place.
The Liberian-born Crayton holds both Liberian and Swiss passports. At 30, he is well-traveled in his 13-year pro career. He spent 11 years in Switzerland, including time Grasshoppers, Concordia Basel and most recently, FC Basel. In the last three years with Basel, he made only 12 appearances.
He has been capped 35 times for Liberia, and made two appearances during qualification for the 2006 World Cup.