Loudoun United continued to bolster their squad for the 2021 season, announcing the re-signing of four players; midfielders Ted Ku-DiPietro and Tyler Gabbara, and defenders Timmy Mehl and Robby Dambrot.
At 19, Ku-DiPietro is the youngest signing on the roster currently, but has worked with Coach Ryan Martin for some time now. In his first full professional season, the former D.C. United Academy player appeared in nine games (starting 4) in 2020, scoring a goal in the team’s only win of the season, a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls II. Ku-DiPietro has appeared in 18 games over two seasons, scoring twice and adding an assist.
The 23-year-old Gabarra is the son of former Washington Spirit coach Jim Gabarra and played four seasons at North Carolina State before signing his first professional contract in June. Gabarra plays on both sides of midfield and defense and appeared in eight games in 2020, starting 6.
The 25-year-old Mehl was another June signing for Martin and appeared in 10 games, starting 9, and his 750 minutes played was 4th most on the team. Mehl played primarily as a center back next to Shane Wiedt, who is yet to be re-signed by the team.
Dambrot, 26, played in six games for Loudoun in 2019 (starting four) and was brought back for 2020, however the left back incurred a shoulder injury that would eventually require surgery and shelve his availability for the season. It did not deter Dambrot from being present during many meetings and activities during the spring shutdown due to the Covid pandemic, and his leadership role was cited by many during 2020, and was mentioned by Martin upon Dambrot’s return for 2021.
Beginning with last Tuesday’s signing of Drew Skundrich, Loudoun has added nine players to the roster over the last six days (bringing the total up to 12), with no official date on the regular season announced at this point, but expected to be on or around May 1.