Men's Soccer Alum Khumalo Loaned to D.C. United


Men's Soccer Alum Khumalo Loaned to D.C. United

Release Courtesty of D.C. United

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- D.C. United has announced the club has signed forward Thabiso 'Boyzzz' Khumalo to a senior roster spot. Khumalo joins the squad, and isloan from United Soccer League's Second Division team the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Khumalo joins United after spending the 2008 season with the Riverhounds where he led his team in goals (six) and added three assists during 1,723 minutes on the pitch. For his efforts he was selected to the USL-2 All-League team. Prior to joining the Riverhounds, the 27-year old split his time between his native country and spent the better part of 2006 as a member of USL-2 side Wilmington Hammerheads. In 2005, Khumalo played for the Charleston Battery (USL-1), tallying one assist in 19 games played (11 starts). He was originally selected in the third round (36th overall) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire, after playing with the Fire's Premier Development League team.

"Boyzzz has shown well in our reserve games and first team trainings," said United General Manager Dave Kasper. "He is an intelligent player with good physical qualities, and he will provide us cover in a few areas."

Khumalo spent the final two years of his collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University. During his senior year, he started in 20 of the 23 games he played and tallied 16 assists - third most in the nation - and eight goals. Khumalo also earned MVP honors at the Big South Tournament. As a junior, Khumalo led the Chanticleers to a program-best 20-3-0 record and a Big South title. He recorded seven goals and ten assists and was named to the First Team All-Big South, the NSCAA/adidas First Team All-South Atlantic Region and the Third Team All-America. Beore moving to Coastal Carolina, Khumalo played two years at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky, where he was the first freshman to ever win the NAIA National Player of the Year award after scoring 21 goals in 2001. He scored 26 goals his sophomore season and earned First Team NAIA All-American, All-Region and Mid-South Conference honors. During his collegiate career, Khumalo also played for PDL side Michigan Bucks from 2001 to 2003.

After his transfer was completed, the former Chant found himself in the starting eleven for Sunday's contest against FC Dallas. Twenty-six minutes into Khumalo's first contest on Sunday, the Black-and-Red got the equalizer they'd been hunting for as debutee Khumalo connected with his new strike partner on a short cross from the right side. The South African, on loan from the USL-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds, slipped between two defenders and put a well-placed service right on Moreno's head - and the veteran did not miss, calmly nodding past Sala for a 1-1 scoreline.