MLS side D.C United release Ghanaian defender Kofi Opare

Published on: 29 November 2018
MLS side D.C United release Ghanaian defender Kofi Opare
Kofi Opare

Major League Soccer side D.C United have released Ghanaian defender Kofi Opare from the 2019 roster.

The Washington-based outfit announced their roster moves on Tuesday, a day after the deadline to notify the league body of their decisions for the off-season.

However, United did not did not exercise the option to renew the contract of Kofi Opare following the end of his contract.

The Mampong-born defender did not have the best of seasons with the Black and Reds lads in the just-ended term after featuring just 11 times.

The 28-year-old joined United during the 2014 campaign and went to make 65 appearances and scored 3 goals during his four-year stay with the club.

Opare's fall from grace comes as a surprise to many pundits in the US after being voted the club's best defender last season.

Meanwhile, the club have exercised the option to keep Ghanaian defender Chris Odoi-Atsem for the 2019 season despite being diagnosed with cancer.

The 23-year-old guardsman has started four months chemotherapy at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital after suffering Stage Two Hodgkin’s lymphoma last month.

Despite his plight, the Washington-based outfit have included him in their roster for next season's Major League Soccer.

United’s active roster stands as follows:

Goalkeepers (2): Bill Hamid, David Ousted

Defenders (5): Steven Birnbaum, Frédéric Brillant, Joseph Mora, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Jalen Robinson

Midfielders (7): Luciano Acosta, Paul Arriola, Russell Canouse, Chris Durkin, Júnior Moreno, Ulises Segura, Zoltán Stieber

Forwards (1): Wayne Rooney

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