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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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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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Brad Smith ruled out for 9 months

D.C. United defender Brad Smith suffered a serious injury against Philadelphia Union on July 8th, being stretchered off. Since then it has been found out that he has torn is ACL and will undergo surgery. The club announced this earlier today.

D.C. United defender Brad Smith will undergo anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery on his left knee after tearing his ACL in the match against the Philadelphia Union on July 8. Team physician Dr. Chris Annunziata of OrthoVirginia will perform the surgery. Smith is expected to be sidelined for up to nine months as he rehabilitates from the injury.

Club statement

The surgeon was a guest on the DCUK podcast back in season 2, check it out below

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Griffin Yow completes permanent transfer to KVC Westerlo

Today the club have announced the permanent transfer of Griffin Yow to newly promoted Belgian side KVC Westerlo. No fee was announced by the club but it is believed to be for a fee of $100K plus a 35% sell on fee and performance related bonuses.

We want to wish Griffin Yow all the best for his adventure in Belgium, and we are sure that he will have plenty of fans very quickly.

We want to thank Griffin for his years of commitment to the club starting as an academy player. He was one of the first Homegrowns to prosper from our Pathway 2 Pro program after getting his foothold in professional soccer by playing important minutes with our USL Championship side, Loudoun United FC. We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.

Lucy Rushton – D.C. United General Manager

Griffin went on to make 36 appearances for DCU, scoring 3 times and making a single assist. He also made 18 appearances for DCU’s B team Loudoun United.

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D.C. United vs FC Bayern televised!

D.C. United have announced that the friendly match against German giants Bayern München will be televised on ESPN+, NBC Sports Washington and Telexitos. Details below

D.C. United have announced that the club’s Audi Football Summit Match against FC Bayern Munich at Audi Field on July 20 at 7:30 pm ET will be broadcast live in English on NBC Sports Washington and streamed on ESPN+, as well as in Spanish on TeleXitos. Fans can also listen to the match live in English on 104.7 WONK-FM and in Spanish on the iHeartRadio app.

Please note that the ESPN+ stream will not be geo-blocked and is accessible to fans within the local market.

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Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 2

Join me, for the 1st time in a long time, on my own as I go through the news over the last week and chat with Steven Birnbaum about preseason and goals for 2022, hint, it’s winning MLS Cup.

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