D.C. United will start the post-Bill Hamid era with two veteran goalkeepers, with Jeffrey Carlisle of ESPN and Steve Goff of the Washington Post that David Ousted has signed with the team. He will join late-season starter Steve Clark in the battle to replace Hamid, the unquestioned starter for the past seven seasons who left for FC Midtjylland this fall.
The potential trade for Ousted’s rights was previously reported, and United will give up their second round pick in the 2018 SuperDraft to acquire those rights.
Ousted is a previous MLS goalkeeper of the year, and looks to have the edge to be the opening day starter over Clark even after a down season. However, Ben Olsen will undoubtedly keep the competition fierce to get the best out of both of these ‘keepers.
According to Carlisle, United successfully negotiated Ousted under the designated player threshold, which means he will not take up a DP spot nor will the team need to use any targeted allocation money on him. The DP threshold is expected to be around $500,000 this season. The contract is for two years with a club-held option for a third.