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D.C. United adds veteran forward Quincy Amarikwa ahead of home opener

D.C. United signs forward Quincy Amarikwa to back up Wayne Rooney. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON — After more than two weeks of training with D.C. United, veteran forward Quincy Amarikwa officially joined the team Friday. The club will make a formal announcement later today.

Amarikwa previously spent time with the San Jose Earthquakes, Colorado Rapids, Toronto FC, Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact. In his nine seasons in Major League Soccer, Amarikwa scored 25 goals and record 19 assists.

Amarikwa was an open secret at United. He joined the team for preseason and made an appearance in the United’s 2-1 loss to Philadelphia. The forward came on in the 64th minute for midfielder Luciano Acosta. 

“We all have seen [Amarikwa] enough over the years to know what he is about,” coach Ben Olsen said. “He is just a menace [on the field]. He is a guy that makes teams very uncomfortable with the energy he plays with and the physicality he brings. We think that he is a good fit for our group.”

One of the goals during the offseason for United was replacing forward Darren Mattocks, who was never quiet about his frustration with his lack of minutes after the arrival of Wayne Rooney. FC Cincinnati selected Mattocks with the first overall pick in the 2018 Expansion Draft.

United sees several perks in picking up Amarikwa. With his familiarity of the league, he knows what a game needs, whether to kill it off or switch the attack completely. Most importantly, he is OK with backing up Rooney, according to Olsen.

“He is a guy that is equally comfortable in a starting role as he is coming off the bench and helping us out in a host of reasons,” Olsen said. “He is willing to play a certain role for this team. I know enough about him that he will embrace it and he will contribute.”

Amarikwa will be available when United’s hosts Atlanta United at Audi Field on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

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