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DC United reportedly close to signing Belgium-based American defender Brendan Hines-Ike


D.C. United are in advanced talks to sign American defender Brendan Hines-Ike, according to Steve Goff of the Washington Post.

The 26-year-old, who joined KV Kortrijk in Belgium's Jupiler Pro League in July 2018, is a natural center back who can also fill in at either outside back spot. He previously played for Orebro SK in Sweden’s Allsvenskan.

The Denver native was part of the Chivas USA academy setup before playing collegiately at Creighton and then the University of South Florida. Hines-Ike was selected by CF Montréal in the third round of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, but signed a four-year contract with Orebro.

Hines-Ike has made a total of 123 first-team European appearances, scoring five goals. He’s started eight league matches this season, but was not part of the gameday roster for Sunday’s 2-0 win over Anderlecht.

New D.C. United head coach Hernan Losada previously coached in Belgium's top division with Beerschot.

D.C. United's center back depth chart includes Steve Birnbaum, Frederic Brillant, Donovan Pines and Michael DeShields, who was selected fifth overall in the 2021 SuperDraft.

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