WASHINGTON — One day after re-acquiring its starting goalkeeper, D.C. United signed veteran center back Frédéric Brillant to a two-year contract extension, the club announced Tuesday.
Brillant was one of 18 players in Major League Soccer to play every game of the 2019 regular season. Pairing primarily with defender Steven Birnbaum, the 34-year-old France native had his best season to date, including 34 appearances, two goals and two assists.
Brillant was one of United’s most consistent performers in 2019. He was part of a United defense that ended the regular season with a record five consecutive clean sheets.
“One of our focuses this off-season was bringing back the backline that performed so well in 2019,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said in a team release. “Frédéric was a main component of the defense that conceded the second fewest goals in the league last season and we’re excited to retain him for the 2020 season and beyond.”
Brillant joined United following the 2017 season from New York City FC. He replaced fan-favorite defender Bobby Boswell, who was out of contract. Since join the club in 2017, Brillant has started 57 of 61 games played for United.
Lining up in front of the newly re-acquired Bill Hamid, Brillant rejoins Birbaum, Joseph Mora, Oniel Fisher, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Donovan Pines in the back.