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Chris Korb rejoins D.C. United

The defender had been out on contract since the end of the 2016 season

Chris Korb’s return from injury has been a long time coming, but he took one step closer on Thursday, as D.C. United announced that the defender had re-signed a multiple year deal with the team. Korb had been out on contract since this past winter, with the Black-and-Red choosing not to pick up his option for the 2017 season.

Korb was drafted out of the University of Akron back in 2011, and spent the first five years of his career either as the full time starter, or sometimes as a spot starter, on both sides of the back line for head coach Ben Olsen. During that time, he amassed 105 games for United, starting 96 of the games, and contributing 10 assists.

However, Korb’s career was derailed by injury back in August 2015. In a game against New York City FC, Korb suffered a torn ACL, an injury that was sure to keep him out for at least the better part of a year. But, during his recovery, Korb suffered several set backs, needing to go back under the knife last year. That robbed the now 29-year-old of his entire 2016. Due to that, Korb had his contract option declined, but was given a chance to earn a spot back.

Despite being listed on the preseason roster, Korb didn’t make either trip down to Florida with the team. But, once the season started, Korb rejoined the team in practices, looking to earn a spot back on the roster. He had been training with United since March, having fully recovered from his injury.

“It’s been a long, hard road for Chris to get back to this point. We are thrilled for him and very happy to have him back available to help the team,” Dave Kasper, United general manager and VP of soccer operations, said in a press release. “His determination to return to the field is a testament of his strong character.”

The move now puts United with 28 players on their 30 man roster. Details of the deal were not disclosed, as per team policy. Korb will continue to wear the number 22 that he wore during his career with United.