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DC United Sign Montreal Impact Defender Dennis Iapichino

The Swiss left-back signs on in time to be available for this Sunday’s match against his former club.

DC United have confirmed the signing of former Montreal Impact defender Dennis Iapichino.

“We are pleased to be adding a quality left back in Dennis,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “He possesses very good technical ability and is a smart player tactically. We look forward to having him as a part of United.”

The 23-year-old played just 16 matches (12 starts) over the 2012 and 2013 seasons for the Impact after signing from Swiss second-tier side FC Lugano. Since moving to Canada the Swiss defender has had a hard time unseating the Impact’s starting left-back Jeb Brovsky.

United will be hoping that additional depth will provide some extra strength to the side as they end what has been a forgettable campaign. Perhaps some competition for James Riley will help tighten up the second worst defence in MLS.

Iapichino undoubtedly has natural talent, having been signed by FC Basel – the biggest club in Switzerland – at just 18 years of age. He failed to break into the senior team however, and following his move down the divisions in Switzerland to Lugano he decided to start afresh in MLS.

Still only 23, Iapichino received six call ups to the Swiss Under-21 side in 2010 – DC United head coach Ben Olsen will be hoping to try and steer Iapichino’s career back on track.

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