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.


Transfer: D.C. United Acquire MLS Veteran Playmaker Federico Higuaín

DC United have signed Argentine Federico Higuain (brother of Gonzalo) to a deal which sees him become a player/player development coach.

“Federico has consistently been one of the best attacking players in the league since 2012,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “He has been a consistent goalscorer and creator on the field and we are looking forward to incorporating his MLS experience to bolster our roster this season.”

Dave Kasper GM & VP of Soccer Operations

In his eight seasons at Columbus Crew, he managed to score 55 goals and record 63 assists in his 193 regular season appearances. A solid signing and a much needed player with bags of experience up top. Joining the likes of Asad, Flores, Arriola (injured), Segura, Boateng and Kamara, he will provide great competition alongside the likes of Erik Sorga.

Player: Federico Higuaín
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
DOB: 10/25/1984
Age: 35
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 165
Previous Club: Columbus Crew SC
Status: Green Card
Transaction: D.C. United acquire Federico Higuaín as a player and Player Development Coach

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D.C. United sign Academy Product Kevin Paredes

D.C United have added to their roster, by signing Kevin Paredes to a homegrown contract. He has become the 14th Homegrown player in the clubs history and joins the current Homegrown ranks of Griffin Yow, Moses Nyeman and Bill Hamid. He is a midfielder and will hopefully become a feature of the team throughout 2020, however, I do imagine he will mainly get game time at Loudoun United to start off with.

D.C. United have signed Academy product, Kevin Paredes, as the 14th Homegrown Signing in club history. The 16-year-old has been a member of D.C. United’s Academy since 2016.
“We are thrilled to sign another quality Homegrown player in Kevin,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “He has been on our radar since he joined the club’s academy in 2016 and he has shown consostent signs of development throughout. We are excited to get to work with Kevin and look forward to providing him a pathway to the first team.”
Paredes, a South Riding, Va., native, started his youth career with Loudoun Soccer before joining D.C. United’s academy in 2016. Paredes made three appearances (one start) during the 2019/20 season for D.C. United’s USL Championship affiliate, Loudoun United. The midfielder recorded one assist and maintained a passing accuracy of 79%. As a member of D.C. United’s academy since the U-13 level, Paredes has scored 39 goals in 85 U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) appearances (61 starts).
Paredes has represented the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team on three occasions; scoring a goal and recording an a assist. The 16-year-old made his debut in a friendly against the Netherlands U-17 squad on November 14, 2019. During the match, Paredes scored his first goal for the national team as he helped his squad to a 3-3 draw. In the 3-2 victory over Turkey’s U-17 team on November 18, 2019, the midfielder recorded an assist for the United States second goal of the match.

Club Statement

Player: Kevin Paredes
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: South Riding, Va.
Country: United States
Birthdate: 05/07/2003
Age: 16
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 120
Status: Homegrown
Transaction: United sign midfielder Kevin Paredes as the club’s 14th Homegrown Player


D.C. United acquire Bill Hamid on a permanent transfer from FC Midtjylland

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.” 


News: D.C. United sign Yamil Asad to a contract beginning in the 2020 season

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.

DC United Press Statement

D.C. United acquire Norwegian International Ola Kamara

You can tell DC are in full transfer flow now. This one has been brewing for a while and it’s fantastic to see. This time we have signed Norwegian Ola Kamara for $2.5mil. Club statement is below.

D.C. United have acquired Norwegian International forward Ola Kamara from Chinese side Shenzhen F.C. for $2.5 million, using Targeted Allocation Money, pending receipt of his P1 visa. It is the second-largest transfer fee in club history. The Black-and-Red acquired the #1 spot in the 2019 Allocation Ranking from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for $200,000 in General Allocation Money; $100,000 GAM in 2019 and $100,000 GAM in 2020.

“We are extremely excited to acquire a dynamic attacking talent in Ola Kamara,” Dave Kasper, General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “He has been one of the most prolific goal scorers in MLS during his three years with the Crew and Galaxy and he will be a key offensive piece for us as we look towards the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs and beyond. Ola will add athleticism to our front line along with his intelligent off the ball movement and innate finishing ability. We’re looking forward to integrating Ola to the team and having him on the field in this important stretch of the season.”

Kamara spent the first part of the 2019 season with Shenzhen F.C. in the Chinese first division. He recorded one assist in six appearances across all competitions. 

In three MLS seasons, Kamara scored 48 goals and recorded eight assists in 90 MLS appearances (83 starts). During that stint, Kamara was the fourth most prolific goalscorer in MLS behind Bradley Wright-Phillips, David Villa and Josef Martinez. He was also fifth for most shots on target with 108. Kamara was selected 12 times to the MLS Team of the Week for his performances. 

Kamara started his MLS career when he joined Columbus Crew SC on Feb. 4, 2016 from Austria Vienna in the Austrian Football Bundesliga. In his first season with the Crew, Kamara scored 16 goals and recorded two assists in 25 appearances (20 starts) including two game-winning goals. The following season, Kamara scored 18 goals and recorded three assists in 34 appearances (33 starts).
On Jan. 20, 2018, Kamara was acquired by the LA Galaxy. In one season with the Western Conference side, Kamara scored 14 goals and recorded three assists in 31 appearances (30 starts). At the conclusion of the 2018 MLS Season, Kamara was acquired by Shenzen F.C. in China on Feb. 28, 2019. 

Kamara made his International debut for Norway on Oct. 13, 2013 in a 3-0 loss against Slovenia in World Cup Qualification. He scored his first goal for Norway in the 2-1 win against Moldova in an International friendly on Jan. 15, 2014. In total, Kamara has scored seven goals in 17 appearances for his country with his most recent appearance coming on June 10, 2019 in a 2-0 win against the Faroe Islands in European Qualifiers. 

The 29-year-old started his professional career with Frigg Oslo FK in 2005 in the second division of Norwegian soccer at the age of 15. He moved to Stabæk Fotball of the Norwegian first tier when he signed on July 1, 2005. In five seasons (2006-2009), Kamara made seven appearances for the Norwegian team.

The forward moved to Strømsgodset IF in Norway on January 1, 2009 and became an integral part of the team’s offense. In six seasons (2009-2014), Kamara scored 49 goals and recorded 13 assists in 125 appearances across all competitions in two stints with the club.

Kamara was acquired by SV Reid in the Austrian Football Bundesliga on December 31, 2013. He subsequently went out on loan to 1860 Munich in the German Bundesliga on Jan 20, 2013. He recorded two assists in 10 appearances before the end of his loan. Kamara was then loaned back to Strømsgodset IF in Norway for his second stint with the club. 

The Oslo-native signed with Austria Vienna in the Austrian Football Bundesliga on Jan. 27, 2014. Kamara scored two goals and recorded four assists in 23 appearances in two seasons with the club. He was loaned to Molde FK in Norway on January 28, 2015 and scored 21 goals and recorded eight assists in 44 appearances. Following his time with Molde FK, Kamara returned to Austria Vienna before his subsequent move to Major League Soccer.

Great to see we are making even more moves, how do you see Kamara fitting into the DC puzzle?

D.C. United acquire Emmanuel Boateng from the LA Galaxy

So we have more transfer news coming out of DC. And it was one of the rumours of last night. We have signed Emmanuel Boateng from LA Galaxy on a trade in exchange for, wait for it, $250,000 in TAM (Targeted Allocation Money). Here is the club statement

D.C. United have acquired LA Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng in exchange for $250,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. Boateng has a Green Card and will not occupy an International Roster Spot for the Black-and-Red.
“Adding Emmanuel gives us another dynamic option from wide areas,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “His ability to stretch the field and get behind the opponent’s defensive line will give us an additional attacking threat as we enter the final stages of the regular season.”
Boateng joins the Black-and-Red after spending the previous four seasons with the LA Galaxy in MLS. In 2019, Boateng has scored one goal and recorded one assist in 21 appearances (seven starts, 879 minutes). His goal came in a 2-0 win against FC Cincinnati on June 22, 2019 at Nippert Stadium.

During the 25-year-old’s four years in Los Angeles, he has scored nine goals and 11 assists in 108 appearances. In 2016, Boateng appeared in both playoff matches for the Galaxy and scored two goals during that stretch. The Ghana-native had his most productive season for the Galaxy in 2018, scoring four goals, recording two assists and playing 2,321 minutes. 
Boateng is a product of the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana and moved to the United States to play for the University of California, Santa Barbara, in NCAA Division I. In his first season in collegiate soccer in 2012, he appeared in 18 games, scoring four goals and recording four assists. He signed his first professional soccer contract in 2013 with USL League Two side, the Ventura County Fusion. He made five appearances before departing to Sweden to play for Swedish Allsvenskan side Helsingborgs IF. He played three seasons with the Swedish side (2013-2016), making 37 appearances before being acquired by the LA Galaxy on Jan. 14, 2016.

What do we think of this deal? Is it a good one in your eyes. I like that we have signed him and it could be a great deal for us.

D.C. United Forward Wayne Rooney to Depart Following 2019 MLS Season

The day has come, Wayne Rooney is leaving DC United. The saga has started and ended very quickly after the poor performance against Philly. News broke out that the Chairman of Derby County was in Washington DC to discuss terms of a transfer and the signs were there. There had been stories breaking out in the UK too about unhappiness in the Rooney family and that they wanted to be back in England. But we all hoped that wasn’t the case and it was just horrible tabloid rumours. Roll on to August 6th, and the transfer was complete. DCU have released this statement.

D.C. United have announced that following the conclusion of the 2019 MLS season, star forward Wayne Rooney will be departing the club to continue his career in England in order to be closer to family. It was announced today that, with the consent of D.C. United, Rooney completed negotiations to become a player-coach for Derby County in the English Championship in 2020.

“I remain fully focused on giving my all for the team for the rest of this season and repaying the support shown by the Black-and-Red faithful by hopefully delivering an MLS Cup to Audi Field,”Rooney, said. “My time in Major League Soccer is something I will always be proud of. The supporters in the Screaming Eagles, Barra Brava and District Ultras have made my time in America so enjoyable. While the decision to move home was a tough one, family is everything to us and we make this change to be closer to the ones we love back in England. The opportunity to go back home and start the next step of my career in coaching was the factor that made my mind up. I would like to thank everyone at D.C. United for the incredible support my family and I have received over my two seasons at the club.”

“After speaking to Wayne and understanding his difficult situation of being so far away from his family, we have accepted that this is the best decision for all parties,” Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, D.C. United Co-Chairmen, said. “Our main focus now is the 2019 MLS Season and ensuring we make a push towards the playoffs with the ultimate goal of bringing an MLS Cup back to the District. Wayne is an exceptional leader and one of the most iconic players to play the game so we look forward to his continued contributions to the team this season.”

Terms of the deal with Derby County are undisclosed. Rooney will become a club ambassador for D.C. United. 

We wish Wayne all the best for the future, but hope that we can finish 2019 on a high. You’ve given us some great memories since you’ve joined and we thank you for that. Here is one of my favourite ones.

D.C. United and Chris McCann Mutually Part Ways

Transfer news coming out of DC and it’s an outgoing. A short stint for Irishman Chris McCann in the Capital. Here is what D.C United have had to say.

“We want to thank Chris for his time with the club,” Dave Kasper, United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “We wish him the best in his next endeavor.”

McCann was acquired off waivers by the Black-and-Red on Feb. 12, 2019 after spending the previous two seasons with Atlanta United.

In 2019, McCann made six appearances (four starts) totaling 319 minutes for D.C. United in MLS Regular Season play. He also appeared once for the Black-and-Red in the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. He scored the 118th-minute equalizer against the Philadelphia Union in the 2-1 Fourth Round win as a 97th-minute substitute.

Good luck to Chris with whoever he joins next.

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