D.C. signs South African midfielder Khumalo
According to multiple reports, D.C. United has signed 28-year-old Thabiso Khumalo, formerly of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL-2.
Khumalo, a native of Sewoto, South Africa, will join on a three-month loan after impressing the D.C. club while on trial following the conclusion of the Riverhounds' season. Khumalo played well for the Riverhounds, as he was included in the league's overall best 16 team at season's end.
"Right now I am on loan, but if I perform well, I might sign with the team next year," said Khumalo of his hopes for the coming months. "It all depends on how good I perform for these couple of months."
Khumalo does have an MLS past as he was part of the Chicago Fire's reserve team, playing in 12 matches, but he was never able to make it to the first team after being selected in the 3rd round of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.
The attacking midfielder, who is usually deployed in a striking role, will occupy one of D.C.'s eight allotted international player spots. The team currently has five international players on the roster, Khumalo being the sixth.