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DCU announce 2023 roster decisions

News has come out in regards D.C. United’s roster options for next season. Some interesting choices have been made and it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the coming window. After the current decisions have been, the roster size for 2023 is currently 24.

Players who have had the options exercised are: Steven Birnbaum, Donovan Pines, Miguel Berry & Derrick Williams. Those who have been declined are: Tony Alfaro, Sofiane Djeffal, Sami Guediri, Jon Kempin, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Adrien Perez, Brad Smith, Kimarni Smith & Drew Skundrich.

Bill Hamid & Ola Kamara are now out of contract alongside David Ochoa. It has also been said that a number of the players who didn’t have the options declined or are out of contract are currently in discussions for a return in 2023.

The squad now looks like this:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Rafael Romo and Luis Zamudio

DEFENDERS (9): Matai Akinmboni, Steven Birnbaum, Jacob Greene, Brendan Hines-Ike, Andy Najar, Donovan Pines, Gaoussou Samaké, Hayden Sargis, Derrick Williams

MIDFIELDERS (8): Russell Canouse, Chris Durkin, Jeremy Garay, Jackson Hopkins, Ted Ku-DiPietro, Ravel Morrison, Victor Pálsson, Martín Rodríguez

FORWARDS (5): Christian Benteke, Miguel Berry, Kristian Fletcher, Taxiarchis Fountas, Nigel Robertha

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D.C. United sign Derrick Williams

The transfer season has now officially started for the Black and Red. DCU have just announced the trade of Derrick Williams from LA Galaxy for a fee of $180k 2024 GAM (General Allocation Money)

He is a 29 year old defender, having played 44 times in MLS and 3 times for Republic of Ireland. He has also got experience of the English Championship & League One having played for Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers previously.

The club released the following statement

“We’re focused on strengthening our backline this offseason and the acquisition of Derrick, a left-footed center back, is the first step of that process. He’s a well-seasoned professional with experience at the highest-levels of our sport and understands Major League Soccer. He’s an exciting addition for us and we look forward to welcoming him into the fold and into Wayne Rooney’s system.”

Dave Kasper – D.C. United President of Soccer Operations

It is great to see the club making moves early in the window and shows the speed that the club wants to move at. Hopefully we will continue to see announcements made over the coming days and weeks

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S4 Ep20 – We start 2023 now!

Join me as I discuss what has happened recently and where do we go from here? Hint, we start preparing for next season now.

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S4 Ep19 – I’m Philling Lucky

Join me as I catch up around the previous couple of games, the potential for a Benteke debut and all the good stuff about DCU.

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Podcast: S4 Ep17 – Wayne’s World

We have to talk about Wayne’s opening game against Orlando and the recent match against CLT. Recent transfer dealings as well as all the other bits of the DCUK Podcast.

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Podcast: S4 Ep16 – The Rooney Return

It’s going to be an epic episode tonight. We get to chat all about Wayne Rooney! You don’t want to miss this

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Sami Guediri earns 1st team contract

In a move that will surprise precisely no-one, Sami Guediri earns a first team contract after Brad Smith tore his ACL in the game against Philadelphia Union.

The contract is through to the rest of the season with options for both 2023 & 2024. Below is what the club have had to say about the deal.

Sami has been training with us regularly since preseason and has shown his value and quality in various aspects of play. We’re pleased to be able to add him to the roster at a pivotal point in the season and look forward to having him available for the rest of the year.

Lucy Rushton, D.C. United General Manager

Sami is another testament to the success of the Pathway 2 Pro Program from Loudoun United to the D.C. United First Team. Sami has worked hard since preseason to achieve this and his performances at Loudoun United and while on loan with D.C. United for the last two games have earned him this permanent transfer into MLS. We wish him luck.

Stewart Mairs, Loudoun United General Manager
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Wayne Rooney Returns

It’s official, the major news of the week and possibly of the season, Wayne Rooney has returned to D.C. United to become Head Coach. He won’t be able to be on the sidelines until he has got his work visa and his coaching staff will be announced soon.

Rooney previously managed Derby County in the EFL Championship and almost completed the impossible by saving a team from relegation after suffering a minus 21 point deduction. Unfortunately he ran out of time and they were relegated to League One. But this should not be seen as a failure, he took on financial issues, guided them through the turmoil of administration and did an amazing job. It surely is exciting times ahead for the Black & Red.

Updates will be sent as soon as we hear more about Rooney and his staff.

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Taxi Fountas elected into the MLS All Star team

D.C. United Greek sensation was selected for the 2022 MLS All Star game taking place on August 10th. The MLS All Star team will be taking on the Liga MX All Star team for the 2nd year in a row.

Having only joined the team back in April he has gone on to be involved in 12 goals so far (9 goals & 3 assists). He joins an array of other talent this year. Full list below:

AM Acosta, Luciano – FC Cincinnati

RB Araujo, Julián – LA Galaxy

FW Arriola, Paul – FC Dallas

GK Blake, Andre – Philadelphia Union

CB Callens, Alexander – New York City FC

FW Castellanos, Valentín – New York City FC

AM Driussi, Sebastián – Austin FC

FW Ferreira, Jesús – FC Dallas

FW Fountas, Taxiarchis – D.C. United

AM Gil, Carles – New England Revolution

FW Hernández, Javier – LA Galaxy

GK Johnson, Sean – New York City FC

CB Long, Aaron – New York Red Bulls

DEF Miller, Kamal – CF Montréal

FW Morris, Jordan – Seattle Sounders FC

AM Mukhtar, Hany – Nashville SC

DM Nagbe, Darlington – Columbus Crew

LB Palacios, Diego – LAFC

AM Reynoso, Emanuel – Minnesota United FC

FW Ruidíaz, RaúlSeattle Sounders FC

DM Sánchez, Ilie – LAFC

GK St. Clair, Dayne – Minnesota United FC

FW Vela, Carlos – LAFC

LB Wagner, Kai – Philadelphia Union

RB Yedlin, DeAndre – Inter Miami CF

CB Zimmerman, Walker – Nashville SC