D.C. United, which scored a miserly 21 goals - its lowest toll ever - last season, has signed a 34-year-old veteran striker to help bring an end to its scoring woes.
The D.C. outfit selected forward Josh Wolff with the first pick in Stage 2 of the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Process on Wednesday. United says it has reached an agreement. Per team and league policy, the details of the deal were not disclosed.
Wolff earned $220,000 with the Kansas City Wizards last year, but is likely earn significantly less at United. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Wolff is known as a speedy striker, with a knack for scoring goals and making good off-the-ball runs. However, Wolff does have a history of suffering numerous serious injuries.
“Josh is a guy that I spent many years with at various levels of the U.S. national team,” said United coach Ben Olsen. “As a player and as a person, Josh is someone who will help us. He has been around this League and he knows what it takes to be a professional. I know he will help guide our young guys and show them what is needed to have long and successful careers.”
Wolff played in 25 matches for the Wizards (16 starts), scoring twice and recording three assists last season. Wolff has played with the Chicago Fire and German club 1860 Munich. In his rookie year with Major League Soccer, Wolff helped Chicago beat United to win the 1998 MLS Cup.
On the international level, Wolff earned 52 caps for the U.S. team, scoring nine goals and adding five assists. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native played two games at the 2002 World Cup and was on the roster for the roster for 2006 World Cup in Germany alongside Olsen.
He spent his college years at the University of South Carolina.
“We are pleased to have finalized a deal with Josh and look forward to having him here in Washington,” said United general manager Dave Kasper. “Josh is an experienced player that will bring a lot of energy and leadership to our club.”
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