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

D.C. United Sign Paul Arriola to Multi-Year Contract Extension

In news that had been rumoured last week, D.C. United have come out and confirmed that right winger Paul Arriola has signed a contract that will see him stay until the end of 2023 with an option of a years extension. Coming into what should be Paul’s golden years this is a great announcement and hopefully a signal of intent from the club to tie down the best players and show that the club means business. I’d hope there are more announcements coming as we get into the summer transfer window and after the early exit from the MLS is Back tournament.

D.C. United and midfielder Paul Arriola have agreed a multi-year contract extension, keeping the U.S. Men’s National Team player at the club through the 2023 season, with an option for the 2024 season. 
Arriola joined D.C. United from Liga MX side, Club Tijuana, on a permanent transfer in August 2017 as a Young Designated Player. Since joining D.C. United, Arriola has appeared in 68 Major League Soccer (MLS) games with 64 starts and tallied 14 goals and 10 assists in league play. In his three years for the Black-and-Red, the midfielder has made the MLS Team of the Week nine times and finished second on the team in goals in 2019 with six. 
“Paul has been an immense attacking player and fan favorite since he arrived at our club and we are thrilled to secure his long-term future,” said Dave Kasper, General Manager for D.C. United. “We know Paul will be back stronger than ever and we look forward to his return at Audi Field.”

D.C. United Club Statement

Official: D.C. United and Julian Gressel agree to long-term contract

After the trade D.C. United completed for Julian Gressel, they still needed to agree a new deal with him. After negotiations, that is now official with him signing a deal until 2023 with an option of a fourth year.

“Agreeing to a long-term deal with Julian is a big step for our club as we continue to build a highly competitive roster in MLS. He is a young and extremely talented player who has already achieved a great amount in this league, and we’re excited to lock down his future with D.C. United.

Dave Kasper, General Manager & VP of Soccer Operations.

It was also clear to see that Julian Gressel was happy with his new deal too as D.C. United have used allocation money.

“I’m excited to commit my future to the Black-and-Red and look forward to the beginning of a fruitful tenure in the nation’s capital. D.C. United are a historic club in this league and I’m hoping that I can contribute to helping the team push towards bringing the MLS Cup back to the District and adding that fifth star to our kit. I can’t wait to get started and I’m eager to see the fans at Audi Field on Feb. 29 as we kickoff the season against Colorado. Vamos United!”

Julian Gressel

Fred Brillant re-signs on two year agreement

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.

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