As expected, D.C. United and Steve Clark have reached an agreement on a new contract, with the 31 year old officially signing the deal today. We had previously reported that a deal was close, and United has continued a busy day by making sure the experienced Clark will be in the fold for next season.
Clark had previously played for Hønefoss BK in Norway, the Columbus Crew, and Danish side AC Horsens before joining United this past August. He has 112 total MLS appearances (regular season and playoffs), and finished 3rd in the balloting for the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2014. In our season review series, readers were largely in favor of keeping him aboard, with 121 of 140 votes answering the question of keeping him or not with a “Yes.”
That said, it seems safe to assume that United will acquire another goalkeeper with a similar profile to compete for the starting job. They’ve talked about that idea in concept, and as the MLS offseason is underway, the opportunities to do so will be there. LAFC’s expansion draft could feature multiple pick-and-trade moves, wherein existing teams make a deal with LAFC to pick the player that the existing team covets. The Re-Entry Draft is later this week, and the league’s free agency process gets going after that.