D.C. United announces 2021 roster decisions as veteran Frederic Brillant waves goodbye

DC United announces 2021 roster decisions
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D.C. United announced their 2021 roster decisions, moving the club further into the Hernan Losada era as a number of familiar players are set to depart. 

In a shocking move, D.C. veterans Frederic Brillant and Felipe Martins will become free agents after their contracts expire. Brilliant joined the club in 2017, and Martins joined in 2019.

As it stands, Joseph Mora, Brilliant and Yordy Reyna are among team favorites that will not be returning for the upcoming Major League Soccer. 

Midfielder Junior Moreno is also out of contract, but D.C. United revealed they have made an offer to extend his time. The Washington D.C. team also noted they’re in talks with midfielder Felipe Mora and goalkeeper Jon Kempin about potentially staying at the club. 

As it stands, the Black-and-Red have 21 players under contract and plenty of flexibility (and needs) with the roster this winter. Losada publicly hoped for more resources this offseason, as the Argentine manager enters his  second season.

“We are continuing to scout and identify players that fit Hernán’s philosophy and style of play so we can reinforce and bolster our roster to compete in 2022," GM Lucy Rushton said in a club statement.

Contract options declined (Nov. 29, 2021):

Yamil Asad (MID)

Jon Kempin (GK) - eligible for free agency

Felipe Martins (MID) - eligible for free agency

Out of contract (Nov. 29, 2021):

Ramón Ábila (FWD)

Jovanny Bolívar (FWD)

Frédéric Brillant (DEF) - eligible for free agency

Michael DeShields (DEF)

Joseph Mora (DEF)

Junior Moreno (MID)

Yordy Reyna (FWD)

Chris Seitz (GK) - eligible for free agency