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DC United president Payne happy with signings

DC United president Kevin Payne admits he is happy with the clubs new signings this season.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Payne was asked if he felt this seasons signings had worked out well and he was positive about a handful of new players who had joined DC in 2010.

"Andy Najar has worked out well, Bill Hamid has worked out well, and we are still high on Jordan Graye. Stephen King has worked out well," Payne said. "We believe Pablo Hernandez and Branko Boskovic are going to be very good players. The jury is out on Danny Allsopp.

"If you look at the history of the league, the percentage on foreign players is probably well below 50 percent. You just never know. You try to do all the research in the world, you meet the players, you try to figure whether they are going to be able to handle things about our league that make it unique."

Payne added that things in soccer don't always work out and it is basically a matter of trial and error when trying to sign new players.

"Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't," he added. "You always question yourself. The kid from Man U [Floribert N'Galula], we had nothing invested in him. He was free, he trained with us, but we knew pretty early in preseason that he was not going to make it. The other guys, sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't. Some of the recent acquisitions are going to prove to be very good for us."

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