D.C. United Sign Defender Brandon McDonald To New Contract

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: Shalrie Joseph #21 of the New England Revolution controls the ball against Brandon McDonald #2 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on July 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

D.C. United lock up a crucial piece of their back four.

D.C. United announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club had signed defender Brandon McDonald to a new contract that is expected to keep the 25-year-old at D.C. United for the foreseeable future. Per D.C. United and MLS policy, exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner has reported that the deal is a two-year term with an option year after that.

"Brandon has quickly asserted himself into our side and has helped to solidify our backline," said United General Manager Dave Kasper in a statement. "He is a very talented central defender with a huge upside, and we are thrilled to have reached a deal to keep him at D.C. United."

McDonald was acquired by United on June 27 from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money. Since then, the native of Phoenix, Arizona has started all nine games the Black-and-Red has played since the deal (3-2-4) and managed to go 789 of a possible 810 minutes. D.C. United has also managed shutouts in four of the nine games since McDonald's arrival, compared to three clean sheets in the fifteen games prior to the trade.

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