D.C. United, Fabian Espindola agree to Designated Player contract
D.C. United and Fabian Espindola have agreed to a contract extension that will give the forward designated player status, the team announced on Thursday.
The deal will carry the Argentine player into his second season in Washington, after he finished last year with MLS career-bests in goals (11) and assists (9). The team did not reveal the specific terms of the agreement.
Espindola appeared in 27 games, starting 24 of them, for D.C. United last season. His assist total led the team and his goal tally was tied for the team lead, as well.
He scored the team's lone goal in its 1-0 victory against 2013 MLS champion Sporting Kansas City on May 31, and registered three assists against the Montreal Impact on June 11, despite sustaining an injury and being substituted at half time of that game.
"Fabian is coming off his best year in MLS last season and he deserves to be a Designated Player," said Dave Kasper, D.C. United general manger. "He is in the prime of his career and we look forward to his future contributions to our club."
D.C. United ended last season with a 17-9-8 record, scoring 52 goals and earning 59 points to finish first in the Eastern Conference. The Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy were the only teams to record more points last year.
The team will begin the first leg of its preseason on Jan. 24, in Bradenton, Fla. Espindola and D.C. United will take part in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, traveling to play Costa Rica's Alajuelense on Feb. 26, before meeting them at RFK Stadium in Washington on March 4.
The team will open the 2015 regular season on March 7, when they face Montreal at home.