Ex-Leicester and Middlesbrough defender Sean St Ledger fails MLS audition

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Republic of Ireland international Sean St Ledger has been dropped from D.C. United's preseason roster after a brief trial stint.

Sean St Ledger’s MLS adventure looks to be over before it ever got the chance to get going, with D.C. United confirming that the Republic of Ireland defender has been dropped from the club’s preseason roster.

St Ledger, 30, had joined United on trial last month, but his 45-minute outings in the first two friendlies of camp weren’t enough to convince the coaching staff that he would be worth keeping around as a backup for the coming campaign.

The 37-times capped centre-back has endured a torrid time of late, having seen a recurring groin problem limit him to just two appearances for Leicester City last season, before being released in the summer following the Foxes’ promotion to the Premier League.

After struggling to find a club going into the new campaign, the former Preston North End and Middlesbrough man joined Ipswich Town on a short-term deal in November, but failed to see a minute of action during his one month at Portman Road.

Looking at MLS as his next option, he told RTE Sport at the time: "I still 100% want to try and get a club. It's not been great too far but you have to see the positive side of things.

“Hopefully, if I can go to America in January that would be great."

St Ledger could still catch on with another MLS team in preseason, with United having better depth than most at centre-back, but, given his fitness issues, international status and prospective wage demands, he might not be the most appealing option out there.

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