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D.C. United agree to new terms with DP Taxiarchis Fountas

Lizzy Becherano
Taxiarchis Fountas agrees to new contract terms with D.C. United.
Taxiarchis Fountas agrees to new contract terms with D.C. United. / Franz Kirchmayr/GettyImages

D.C. United agreed to new terms with Austria's Rapid Vienna for Taxiarchis Fountas, moving the player’s arrival date forward. 

Fountas will now join D.C. United upon receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Trade Certificate (ITC), after originally signing a pre-contract with a slated date of July.

The 26-year-old will occupy a Designated Player spot on the roster through 2024 with a club option to extend through 2025.

"We are extremely excited to accelerate the acquisition of Taxi and get him integrated with the first team ahead of the initial pre-contract timeline we announced in January of a July arrival,” Dave Kasper, D.C.'s president of soccer operations, said in a release. 

“We feel as though he is a player who is capable of making an immediate impact on the team and it was important for us to get him here as soon as possible.”

Fountas first kicked off his professional career at Greece's AEK Athens before a move to Austria's Red Bull Salzburg and Rapid Vienna. This season alone, Fountas has recorded 11 goals and five assists in 31 appearances. 

“This is a massive step by the club to ensure that Taxi is able to make an immediate impact on team results early in the 2022 season,” Lucy Rushton, D.C.'s general manager, said in a release. 

“We have started the season positively and the addition of Taxi in Hernán [Losada]’s system will add a crucial spark for us on the offensive side of the ball. Taxi joining the squad sooner than planned will better equip us to make a push for the playoffs this season.”

D.C. United currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference table after two wins and two loses.