DC United have signed former Premier League striker Christian Benteke. originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Ties to the English Premier League in the county remain strong with new manager Wayne Rooney.
On Friday, DC United announced they had signed Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke to a permanent contract.
“Christian is a top player who has played at the highest level for a long time,” said DC United head coach Wayne Rooney. statement. “His experience and ability to score goals and help the team will be invaluable. It’s interesting for the team and for me to get him to play. It will make a huge difference.”
The deal, which gives Benteke designated player status, is for two and a half years, with the club’s option in 2025.
The 31-year-old Benteke made his first buzz with Belgian club Genk in the 2011-2012 season, where he won 16 goals in 32 matches. After that season, EPL’s Aston Villa secured his signature in a deal worth just under $10 million. Transfermarkt.
The Belgian continued his excellent form with the Lions, scoring 42 goals in 82 league games. This led Liverpool to sign him for $51 million in 2015, which however was short-lived as just one season later Benteke left for Crystal Palace on a $34 million deal.
Benteke had mixed success with the Eagles, scoring 35 goals in six seasons, with the most goals in a single campaign being 15 in his first season with Crystal Palace. Last year he scored four goals in 25 league games.
With the Belgium national team, Benteke has scored 18 goals in 45 matches since his senior debut in 2010.
“Over the past few weeks, we have been hard at work bringing in talent to strengthen our team,” Dave Kasper, president of football operations for DC United, said in a statement. “An opportunity to attract world-class player Christian [Benteke] caliber is a testament to what goes on behind the scenes and our ability to attract the best talent from around the world.
“We have been extremely active in the transfer window, bringing in six players, and since Wayne Rooney was appointed as our head coach, we believe we have taken important steps in building a squad that can both kick-start a strong end to this season, and and create a base. to keep us moving forward.”
DC is currently in last place in the Eastern Conference with a win-tie-loss record of 6-3-13. The Black and Reds have scored 28 goals this season, the third-lowest total in the conference.