DC United have confirmed that Earl Edwards Jr. has been re-signed for the 2020 season. With Bill Hamid and Chris Seitz at the club already, he will provide good cover for when the inevitable phone call for Bill as he gets called up to the USMNT.
Spending the majority of 2019 with Loudoun United, making 16 appearances and 3 clean sheets, no doubt he will spend the majority of 2020 there and be called upon into the 1st team when required.
Player: Earl Edwards Jr.
Birthplace: San Diego, Calif.
Country: United States
Previous Club: Orlando City SC
Transaction: United re-sign goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr., through 2020.
D.C. United have re-signed goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr., through the 2020 season. Edwards originally joined the Black-and-Red from Orlando City SC on Dec. 19, 2018. “Earl impressed us in his first season with the club and we’re excited to re-sign him ahead of the 2020 season,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “He has the size, athleticism and shot-stopping ability to be a good goalkeeper in this league. At 27-years-old, he is still young as a professional goalkeeper and we look forward to him continuing to develop and improve in 2020.”
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.
DC United have today confirmed the permanent signing of record breaking goalkeeper Bill Hamid.
After spending a short amount of time in Denmark, he came back to the club on an initial loan deal for 18 months. Thankfully the club have completed the permanent signing on Dec 9th. The club have had this to say.
D.C. United have acquired goalkeeper Bill Hamid on a permanent transfer from Danish top-tier side FC Midtjylland on a new three-year deal using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). The goalkeeper spent the last year-and-a-half on loan with the Black-and-Red from the Danish side. “Bringing Bill back to the club in 2020 and beyond was a top priority for us this offseason,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “Bill is a leader on and off the field and we’re excited to bring him back to the club that he has worked tirelessly for over the last ten seasons. He is among the best goalkeepers in MLS and and he resonates with fans and the community, and we know he is going to be an important piece at the club for the foreseeable future.”
Announcement of all the 25th MLS season has been made, and all the clubs will be playing on ther opening weekend. We will be up against Colorado Rapids at Audi Field on February 29th. Kick off will be at 1pm ET/6pm GMT. Full fixture list below.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
1 PM D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids (Audi Field)
3 PM Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution (Olympic Stadiu)
3:30 PM Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy (BBVA Stadium)
5:30 PM San Jose Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC (Avaya Stadium)
6 PM FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union (Toyota Stadium)6 PM Orlando City SC vs. Real Salt Lake (Exploria Stadium)
8 PM Nashville SC vs. Atlanta United (Nissan Stadium)
10:30 PM Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City (BC Place)
Sunday, March 1, 20201
2:30 PM Columbus Crew SC vs. New York City Football Club (MAPFRE Stadium)
1 PM New York Red Bulls vs. FC Cincinnati (Red Bull Arena)
3 PM Seattle Sounders FC vs. Chicago Fire FC (CenturyLink Field)
5:30 PM Los Angeles Football Club vs. Inter Miami CF (Banc of California Stadium)
D.C. United exercised options for Steven Birnbaum, Emmanuel Boateng, Russell Canouse, Oniel Fisher, Joseph Mora, Júnior Moreno, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Ulises Segura.
Players already under contract for the 2020 season include Yamil Asad, Paul Arriola, Ola Kamara, Felipe Martins, Moses Nyeman, Donovan Pines and Griffin Yow.
Goalkeeper Chris Seitz re-signed with the Black-and-red.
United are in negotiations with Frédéric Brillant, Earl Edwards Jr., Bill Hamid, Lucas Rodríguez and Gordon Wild to bring them back for the 2020 season.
The Black-and-Red did not exercise the contract options of Antonio Bustamante or Marquinhos Pedroso, the former of which will be placed on waivers. Leonardo Jara’s loan has expired.
Luciano Acosta, Quincy Amarikwa and Jalen Robinson are out of contract with the Black-and-Red.
D.C. United Homegrown Midfielder Chris Durkin is on loan with Sint-Truidense V.V. in the Belgian First Division A until June 2020.
After today’s announcement, United’s active roster stands as follows:
Goalkeepers (1): Chris Seitz Defenders (5): Steven Birnbaum, Oniel Fisher, Joseph Mora, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Donovan Pines Midfielders (9): Paul Arriola, Yamil Asad, Emmanuel Boateng, Russell Canouse, Felipe Martins, Júnior Moreno, Moses Nyeman, Ulises Segura, Griffin Yow Forwards (1): Ola Kamara
Great news for not only Griffin Yow, but also a recognition for the work that the DCU Academy and the newly formed Loudoun United club have done. It has been a fantastic year for Yow as he signed for the Black & Red and made his debut against NYCFC earlier on in the season. He has featured heavily in the friendly matches this season too. Club statement is below.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Raphael Wicky has selected D.C. United midfielder/forward and Homegrown Griffin Yow as a part of his 21 player roster to represent the United States at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in Brazil from Oct.26 to Nov. 18. Yow signed for the Black-and-Red on March 19, 2019 as the club’s 12th Homegrown Signing. Yow made his professional debut for the Black-and-Red in MLS action on April 21, 2019 against New York City FC as a stoppage-time substitute. He made his full professional MLS debut when he started against FC Dallas on July 4. Yow has also made 15 appearances for D.C. United’s USL Championship affiliate, Loudoun United FC and scored three goals. The USA kicks off the world championship when Group D play opens on Sunday, Oct. 27 vs. Senegal (3:50 p.m. ET; FS1, Telemundo), then faces Japan on Wednesday, Oct. 30 (6:50 p.m. ET; FS2, Universo) and finishes the group stage on Saturday, Nov. 2 vs. Netherlands (6:50 p.m. ET; FS2, Universo). The U.S. roster is made up of 19 players born in 2002 and two born in 2003. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2002 are eligible for the 2019 U-17 World Cup.
2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Aaron Cervantes (Orange County SC; Chino Hills, Calif.; 4/0), 1-Damian Las (Fulham/ENG; Norridge, Ill.; 19/0), 12-Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; London, England; 7/0)
DEFENDERS (7):15-Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 4/0), 13-Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.; 18/0), 3-George Bello (Atlanta UnitedFC; Douglasville, Ga.; 8/1), 4-Nicolas Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 3/0), 14-Tayvon Gray (New York City FC; Bronx, N.Y.; 17/0), 5-Kobe Hernandez-Foster (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 23/3), 2-JoeScally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.; 19/1)
MIDFIELDERS (5):18-Maximilian Dietz (Freiburg/GER; Frankfurt, Germany; 2/0), 17-Ethan Dobbelaere (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.; 3/0), 8-Bryang Kayo (Orange County SC; Poolesville, Md.; 8/1), 6-Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas, Nev.; 7/0), 16-Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy; Panorama City, Calif.; 25/2)
IT’S HAPPENING!!!!! #BringBackAsad has finally completed. He is back for the 2020 season to don the black and red once more. There is no word from the club whether he will be playing for Loudoun United so I assume he will be in DC until pre-season in which he will be getting his match fitness back. The club’s press statement is below.
D.C. United have announced that former Black-and-Red midfielder Yamil Asad, currently a free agent, has signed a pre-contract with United ahead of the 2020 season.
“We are excited to finalize a deal to bring Yamil back to the District. He was an integral attacking piece for us during the 2018 season and we look forward to reintegrating him into the team in 2020,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “Yamil has high soccer IQ and is a great producer of goals and assists while bringing a winning mentality every time he steps on the field.”
Asad was initially acquired by D.C. United on loan from Club Atletico Vélez Sarsfield in the Argentine first division (Superliga Argentina) on Feb. 13, 2018. The Argentine midfielder was an important part of United’s success in 2018 after scoring nine goals and recording eight assists in 30 MLS appearances. Asad made D.C. United history when he scored the first goal at the Black-and-Red’s new stadium, Audi Field, on July 14, 2018. After an impressive year, Asad returned to his parent club at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
After returning to Argentina, Asad featured once as a 70th-minute substitute in a 4-0 victory against Club Atlético Lanús on April 6, 2019. Asad is a product of the youth academy for Vélez Sarsfield and signed his first professional contract on July 1, 2012. He made his professional debut for the club as a substitute on April 14, 2013 against CA Colón in the Torneo Final and scored his first goal on Feb. 22, 2015 in a 2-1 win against Crucero. In total, Asad has scored five goals and recorded four assists in 56 appearances for the Argentine club.
Asad was acquired on loan by Atlanta United on Jan. 10, 2017 and excelled in his MLS debut year, scoring seven goals (fourth top scorer on the team) and recording 13 assists in 32 regular season appearances. He was the third most featured player on the roster for the 2017 expansion team that scored the second-most regular-season goals in MLS that year. Asad was a creative linchpin for Atlanta’s strong offense and led the team with 13 assists in 2017. The Argentine midfielder led Atlanta with 58 chances created, one more than Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Finalist Miguel Almirón (57).
He is the son of former Vélez Sarsfield player Omar Asad who scored the game-winner in the 2-0 win against AC Milan in the 1994 Intercontinental Cup. His father won eight Argentina Primera División titles and one Copa Libertadores during an eight-year career. Omar Asad has coached and managed multiple teams in Argentina (Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz, San Lorenzo de Almagro, Club Sportivo Estudiantes), Mexico (Club Atlas) and Ecuador (C.S. Emelec) since he retired as a player in 2000.
Player: Yamil Asad Position: Midfield/Forward Birthplace: San Antonio de Padua, Argentina Country: Argentina Birthdate: 07/27/1994 Age: 25 Height: 5’10″ Weight: 170 Previous Club: Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield Status: International Transaction: D.C. United sign midfielder Yamil Asad to a pre-contract for the 2020 season.
Firstly, it’s great to see DC getting back to back wins, and even better that it’s been on the road. No goals conceded too, it certainly feels like it has been a while, in fact, the last time DC got back to back wins was back in May, and they were at home for those, and the last back to back clean sheets was also in May too. In this league it’s all about form at the right time, and DC right now are building that form. We’ve got 3 important “Cup Finals” coming up, and with one more win, we have bagged ourselves a playoff place, but we want to have that home game so we need to do all we can to get that spot. Seattle at home, followed by a trip to Red Smell Arena and a final game at home to FC Cincinnati.
This game was all about getting that win, we took the lead through a fortunate own goal. Slick passing followed by a cross by Segura, that cross was just across the six yard box, a dangerous area, but no DC players are nearby, in fact the closest was Rooney and he was by the edge of the box, Tuiloma slides in and taps it in for us. Great finish. There was a little bit of controversy in this game, which seems to be the going thing for any MLS game right now. Corner came in and Steve Clark, in no man’s land, ends up ricocheting off him and Williamson clears it. At 1st glance, I was cheering, and then the replays came on, and it just went over the line.
Make your own mind up on that, but it just goes to show that VAR should have been used here, it wasn’t, and something needs to be done over the close season to not only train the refs, but actually get those who are looking at these camera angles to actually get the refs to look at them too. To add to that, maybe some investment into Hawkeye technology for this, that takes seconds and isn’t reliant on an interpretation.
The 2nd half of the game was one way traffic really, all Portland and at one point, they had 80% of the possession for that half. Many shots raining down as much as the weather at the DC goal, but only 4 of the 20-odd attempts hit the target, that’s as many as DC had, but we had only 6 attempts on goal. Portland’s struggles were getting to challenge Hamid. So many times DC have been in this position, taking a slender lead, defending deep in the 2nd half, but, we’ve won 11 of 11 games doing that now. Can’t say we aren’t good at protecting a lead.
Arriola had a great chance to give us a 2 goal cushion after being played through on goal by Segura, but a top notch save from Clark onto the post denied Arriola his 6th of the season. Acosta came on later and him, Arriola and Amarikwa all teamed up to play keep ball in the corner and wound down a couple of minutes of added time, great game management. Portland never found a way through and it finished 1-0 to DC.
Wayne Rooney returned to the starting XI for the first time since August 21 against the New York Red Bulls.
Bill Hamid recorded his 11th shutout of the season; a career season-high.
Ulises Segura started his third consecutive match for D.C. United; he made his 30th appearance of the season.
Russell Canouse made his second consecutive start at right back; United have conceded zero goals in that stretch.
D.C. United are 4-4-2 against Portland in club history.
The Black-and-Red are 2-3-1 on the road against the Timbers all-time.
The Black-and-Red are 6-6-4 on the road in 2019.
D.C. United recorded their second consecutive clean sheet on the road; their 11th of the season.
D.C. United lineup: Bill Hamid; Joseph Mora, Steven Birnbaum, Frédéric Brillant, Russell Canouse; Júnior Moreno, Felipe Martins; Lucas Rodríguez (Luciano Acosta 84′), Paul Arriola, Ulises Segura; Wayne Rooney (Quincy Amarikwa 79′)
Unused Substitutes: Donovan Pines, Leonardo Jara, Ola Kamara, Chris Seitz, Emmanuel Boateng
Portland Timbers Lineup: Steve Clark, Jorge Moreira, Jorge Villafaña (Andrés Flores 79′), Bill Tuiloma, Claude Dielnda, Andy Polo, Diego Chara, Eryk WIlliamson (Tomás Conechny 62′), Marvin Loría (Cristhian Paredes 85′), Diego Valeri, Jeremy Ebobisse
Unused Substitutes: Marco Farfan, Aljaz Ivacic
Man of the Match
The official man of the match was Segura, he had a decent game, but not the best in my eyes, for me, it was the heart of the defence, the man who I called all game, Brick Wall Brillant. He was not allowing anything passed him, and picked up a hand injury towards the end of the game, but came back on to see the match out.
We are back at Audi Field on September 23rd, when we play Seattle Sounders. Kick off is 1am BST and will be shown on Premier Sports 1.
This match was certainly a curveball in more ways than one.
From the announcement of the lineup, and the introduction of Canouse as a right
back, Rooney out through suspension, and a woeful run of form. The only
pleasing performance had to be the game against LA Galaxy, a game in which they
showed heart and passion. All the talk from the camp was how there was a team
meeting and how that involved clearing the air. And, that worked brilliantly.
One thing that had been an issue was the way DC played in the
opening 10-15 minutes of the game. From the get-go, DC played in a high press
fashion, challenging for the ball in the final 3rd, forcing them into mistakes.
But what really shone for me in the 1st half was, was the way we took our
chances. Kamara opening the scoring on 20 minutes, Rodriguez winning a free
kick, Moreno firing it in, managing to break through the wall and falling to
Kamara to score a proper poacher’s goal. And it didn’t stop there, Arriola
scoring a perfect route one goal, Hamid pumping the ball through from a goal
kick, challenge from Kamara on Piette who nodded it through to Arriola who
stroked it passed Ed Busch in goal. DC weren’t done with the scoring, Kamara
getting his 2nd of the game when a corner from Felipe, is nodded back across by
Brillant and diverted in from Kamara. A great well worked goal, and DC showing
what they can do. Montreal ended the 1st strongly with a number of efforts and
crosses but couldn’t get beyond the defence.
2nd half kicked off, Montreal starting the half like they
ended the 1st. All the possession was with the home side and DC having to
defend with drive and determination. It seemed like this was the plan as the
likes of Kamara and Arriola dropped deeper. That doesn’t mean to say there
weren’t chances, of course there was but they were fewer. Montreal had a shout
for a handball and penalty, but it was waved away after the ref had decided
that the hand was in front of the body and therefore not making himself bigger.
Urruti was booked for simulation, something I’m happy to have seen as it’s just
horrendous to see that. Bojan got angry and was firing efforts with pace but
not enough direction. And then Kamara spurned a glorious chance to get his
hattrick, running to the left but off balance with his shot meant despite it
being on target, it had no pace. DC’s subs were brought on late in the game,
and provided the fresh legs required for those final moments, and it finished
with a 3-0 road victory, and something for DC United to work with and hopefully
provide a great end to the season.
Ola Kamara scored his second and
third goals for the Black-and-Red, and his first brace since October 28, 2018,
Bill Hamid recorded four saves and a
clean sheet in the match, tying his career-high in single-season
shutouts with 10.
Paul Arriola scored in the 23rd
minute of the match, his sixth goal for the club in 2019.
Russell Canouse made his first start
for United since July 27, 2019, against Chicago.
Frédéric Brillant recorded his second
assist in the 32th minute of the match.
D.C. United are now
7-5-7 against Montreal in club history.
The Black-and-Red are 3-4-3 on
the road against the Impact all-time.
The Black-and-Red are 5-6-4 on the
road in 2019.
D.C. United lineup: Bill Hamid;
Joseph Mora, Steven Birnbaum, Frédéric Brillant, Russell Canouse; Júnior
Moreno, Felipe Martins; Lucas Rodríguez, Paul Arriola (Luciano Acosta
87′), Ulises Segura (Leonardo Jara 90′); Ola Kamara (Quincy Amarikwa 87′)
Unused Substitutes: Chris Seitz,
Donovan Pines, Marquinhos Pedroso, Emmanuel Boateng
Montreal Impact Lineup: Evan Bush:
Bacary Sagna, Rudy Camacho, Daniel Lovitz, Jukka Raitala; Saphir Taïder, Lassi
Lappalainen (Shamit Shome 77′), Orji Okwonkwo (Ballou Tabla 72′), Samuel
Piette, Bojan Krkic, Maximiliano Urruti