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D.C. United acquires Frederic Brillant from NYCFC

It has begun!

In what will be a busy day, D.C. United is about to make their first move. A source close to the situation has told Black and Red United that the team has acquired central defender Frederic Brillant from New York City FC. In the exchange, the Black-and-Red will send an international roster spot and general allocation money to NYCFC.

Brillant had his contract option declined by NYCFC after starting 16 games for the Pigeons this year. He started the season as a rotation player as the team tried to find its feet in central defense, but started every game in the back half of the season. Previously, Brillant had spent most of his years in the Belgian first and second divisions with KV Oostende and Beerschot AC.

The Frenchman is being brought in to challenge Steve Birnbaum and Kofi Opare, to help raise their games and provide more veteran experience. He joined MLS from the Belgian league, and has been a threat on set pieces throughout his career.