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From the Philadelphia Inquirier today:

According to Nowak, the Union soon could sign Cristian Arrieta, a 30-year-old defender formerly with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the United Soccer Leagues' First Division.

In addition, Nowak suggested that Danny Szetela is another "trialist" whom the team is considering. A trialist is someone who is trying out for the team but has not signed a contract. Szetela, 24, is a midfielder who participated in nine games last season for D.C. United.

As for the brief stay of Myrie, 21, who started in last week's 2-0 loss at Seattle, Nowak said he thought he could improve the team with other potential moves.

"We believe we gave Dave enough time to establish himself," Nowak said.

Besides Myrie, the Union must replace another defender because Toni Stahl has to sit out the home opener after receiving two yellow cards and a subsequent red-card ejection against Seattle. The Union's home opener will be April 10 against D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field.

Nowak's quote on Myrie is the first I've seen and supports the defender being released because of his play.

Keep in mind that the Union are down to just 4 defenders.  Stahl is out next game because of his red against Seattle.

All of these moves are the stuff of preseason but Nowak isn't going to wait around on anyone it seems.  Clearly that first game against the Sounders was a trial by fire for the coach and his players.