News coming out of DC today that the club have re-signed DC United Kingdom Defender of the Year to a two year extension. This is great news from not only a club point of view, considering they now have the same backline that kept all those clean sheets, but also keep a fan favourite. This is what the club have said in a press release.
D.C. United have re-signed defender Frédéric Brillant to a two-year contract extension.
“One of our focuses this off-season was bringing back the backline that performed so well in 2019,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “Frédéric was a main component of the defense that conceded the second fewest goals in the league last season and we’re excited to retain him for the 2020 season and beyond.”
Brillant has been a consistent pillar in the Black-and-Red defense since his acquisition from New York City FC on Dec. 10, 2017. In total, Brillant has scored two goals and recorded three assists in 61 MLS Regular Season appearances (57 starts) for United. His first goal for the club came in the 54th-minute of the match against the Philadelphia Union on Aug. 4, 2019. The defender also notched a goal and assist in two MLS Playoff appearances for the Black-and-Red.
In 2019, Brillant set career highs in appearances (34), minutes (2,961), goals (2) and assists (2) while being one of only 18 players in the league to appear in every MLS Regular Season match. The six-foot-three-inch defender led the entire league in blocks (34) and clearances (210) while being second only to fellow Black-and-Red defender Steven Birnbaum in headed clearances (96). Brilliant’s performances in 2019 earned him five MLS Team of the Week selections in the Regular Season.