The Black-and-Red have plenty of room to improve for 2020
D.C. United has announced their roster decisions heading into the 2020 MLS season. Today’s decisions leave the the club with 16 players on their roster, leaving plenty of room to revamp a team that will have to move on from Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta.
United announced that it has exercised team-held options on Steven Birnbaum, Emmanuel Boateng, Russell Canouse, Oniel Fisher, Joseph Mora, Junior Moreno, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Ulises Segura. Those eight are joined by Yamil Asad, Paul Arriola, Ola Kamara, Felipe Martins, Moses Nyeman, Donovan Pines and Griffin Yow, who already had contracts for 2020. The club also confirmed the expected re-signing of goalkeeper Chris Seitz, completing the group of 16.
Chris Durkin remains under contract as well, but his loan to Belgian side VV Sint-Truidense runs through June of next year.
The Black-and-Red’s release also says that the club is in talks to bring center back Frederic Brillant, goalkeepers Earl Edwards Jr. and Bill Hamid, midfielder Lucas Rodriguez, and attacker Gordon Wild back for 2020. Brillant, Rodriguez, and Wild all took part in United’s friendly win over Bermuda last week. Of this group, Edwards is eligible for MLS’s Re-Entry Process, while Hamid meets the age and tenure requirements for free agency, though the larger issue over his return likely centers on agreeing to terms with FC Midtjylland.
United declined their options on homegrown midfielder Antonio Bustamante and defender Marquinhos Pedroso, while Leonardo Jara’s loan from Boca Juniors has expired. All three go on MLS’s waivers list. While it has been long known that Jara and Pedroso’s time with the club was over, Bustamante’s inclusion is a surprise. The 22-year-old midfielder signed a homegrown deal in January and appeared in the team’s Open Cup matches and friendlies, but spent the bulk of his time with Loudoun United, scoring 5 goals and 4 assists in 26 games with D.C.’s USL Championship team.
Acosta, Quincy Amarikwa and Jalen Robinson are all out of contract with United. Acosta’s departure has been expected for some time, while Robinson announced his departure after end-of-season meetings were completed. Amarikwa, who had signed with the club on a one-year deal for the senior roster minimum, scored a goal and assist in 23 appearances, largely as a substitute.
At the moment, here is United’s complete roster:
Goalkeepers: Chris Seitz
Defenders: Steven Birnbaum, Oniel Fisher, Joseph Mora, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Donovan Pines
Midfielders: Paul Arriola, Yamil Asad, Emmanuel Boateng, Russell Canouse, Chris Durkin*, Felipe Martins, Junior Moreno, Moses Nyeman, Ulises Segura, Griffin Yow
Forwards: Ola Kamara
*: player is on loan