D.C. United sign goalie Andrew Dykstra

D.C. United has added to its goalkeeping stable, signing former Chicago Fire goalie Andrew Dykstra. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2012 - D.C. United has added to its goalkeeping stable, signing former Chicago Fire goalie Andrew Dykstra. 

Dykstra will join United’s top two keepers Bill Hamid and Joe Willis. With No. 1 goalie Hamid expected to miss a number of United games while on national team duty with the U.S. Olympic team and the U.S. national team throughout the season, Dykstra will likely be the backup goalie to Willis. 

The 26-year-old Dykstra joins United after training with the team in preseason camps in Florida and Arizona. He is currently with the club in Charleston, South Carolina, where United is competing in the Carolina Challenge Cup.

“We are excited to have added another young goalkeeper who has a bright future in MLS,” said United general manager Dave Kasper. “Andrew has gained valuable experience in the past two years as a professional and we look forward to his contributions to our club.”

The 6-foot-4 Dykstra was born in Honolulu and grew up in Woodbridge, Va. He spent the 2011 season with USL Pro team Charleston Battery, starting 16 games for the club.

The former Virginia Commonwealth University goalie signed with Chicago in June of 2009. He made 17 appearances over the course of two seasons with the Fire. 

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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