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D.C. and Quakes boost their frontlines
by Ridge Mahoney, April 24th, 2008 10:46AM

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D.C. United has signed former Red Bull striker Francis Doe and a San Jose deal to acquire former Rapids and MetroStars striker Jean-Philippe Peguero could be completed by Thursday as the Quakes seek to beef up their front line.

In MLS, as is the case in most leagues, teams seldom turn down a chance to add an offensive presence, especially one with pace or size. D.C. needs another attacker with Luciano Emilio struggling, Jaime Moreno showing his age, and Franco Niell still adjusting to MLS. Adding Peguero will fill out the Quakes' 18-man roster and give it a target man (6-foot-1) it has lacked.

Liberian native Doe, 22, scored two goals in 10 games for the Bulls last season after signing in late August following stints in Cameroon, Ghana and Greece, and with the USL Minnesota Thunder.

Red Bull waived him at the end of February and he will take the final spot on D.C.'s 18-man roster once he receives his P-1 visa. He will add a speedy element D.C. really hasn't had since the days of Jamil Walker.

Peguero, 26, a veteran of the Haitian national team, took a physical Monday and has trained with San Jose this week, probably so the coaches and staff can further evaluate his recovery from MCL and ACL injuries suffered soon after he transferred from MLS to Danish club Brondby in the summer of 2006.

He returned to competitive action a few weeks ago playing in reserve games but hasn't played first-team ball since the injury. He scored 20 goals and 13 assists in 58 regular-season games for Colorado and New York and netted one goal in five playoff matches.

San Jose used its allocation ranking to claim Peguero, who as an MLS player returning to the league after being sold is not bound to his former team.

He scored 14 goals for Colorado in the 2004 and 2005 seasons; the Rapids traded him to New York early in the 2006 campaign and he scored six goals in 12 games prior to the transfer.

Contrary to information included in a story that ran last week, the Quakes did not use allocation money to acquire Peguero, though they did use an allocation claim to get him and if the deal is consummated they drop to the bottom of the priority list.

Teams are ranked in reverse order of their W-L-T record over the last 30 regular-season games; as a 2008 expansion team, San Jose had been at the top. It is acquiring Peguero on loan and has plenty of room under the salary cap to pay him, though his salary hasn't been announced.

San Jose plays New York at the Meadowlands Sunday, then travels to Salt Lake City to play RSL Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup. The long-awaited debut at its "new" facility, Buck Shaw Stadium on the University of Santa Clara campus, is May 3.



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