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Flown The Nest: D.C. United Alumni News and Notes

In this week’s news about former Black-and-Red players, John Thorrington has been hired by the MLS Players’ Union, Brandon McDonald has a new club and much more!


Lots of alumni news happened over the past week, with new jobs for Brandon McDonald and recent retiree John Thorrington the highlights.

John Thorrington Hired By MLS Players' Union

Former United midfielder John Thorrington was hired by Bob Foose, executive director of the MLS Players' Union, as a special assistant on March 19. Thorrington retired last year after being released by the Black-and-Red and not being acquired in the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft. He will be involved in negotiations with MLS about the collective bargaining agreement, which expires at the end of this season, while also studying for his MBA at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Brandon McDonald Joins Swedish Club Ljungskile

Traded away by D.C. United last year to Real Salt Lake, defender Brandon McDonald was then released by the Utah side at the end of the 2013 season, and not picked up in the Re-Entry Draft. However, he has just been picked up by Ljungskile SK of the Swedish Superettan, the country's second division. McDonald's new club finished ninth in the 16-team league last year, and the new season begins on April 6.

James Riley To Have Knee Surgery

Defender James Riley was forced off the field in Saturday's game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, and it looks like he will miss more than two months after tearing his meniscus in a challenge with Ned Grabavoy. He will now have knee surgery, and looks set to miss a large chunk of the season as he recovers.

Troy Perkins' Own Goal Now Credited to Lamar Neagle

In Saturday's MLS fixtures, former United goalkeeper Troy Perkins was deemed to have scored an own goal for the Montreal Impact as they lost 2-0 to Seattle Sounders FC. However, after further review by MLS officials, the call was reversed and the goal was retroactively awarded to Lamar Neagle of Seattle.

Georgetown Beat Temple in Spring Fixture

Featuring D.C. United Academy product Tyler Rudy, Georgetown's men's soccer team overcame Temple 3-0 at Shaw Field thanks to goals from Brandon Allen, Alex Muyl and Brett Campbell. The Hoyas next face an away trip to Baltimore to face UMBC on March 29.

Over the weekend, former Black-and-Red players Danny Cruz, Justin Mapp, Dax McCarty and Bobby Convey all played in MLS, while United came up against former players Dwayne De Rosario and Ryan Nelsen in their 1-0 loss to Toronto FC.