D.C. United

D.C. United sign goalkeeper Rafael Romo

Lizzy Becherano
D.C. United sign goalkeeper Rafael Romo.
D.C. United sign goalkeeper Rafael Romo. / Plumb Images/GettyImages

D.C. United added goalkeeper Rafael Romo to the roster, signing the player through the 2023 Major League Soccer season with an option for 2024. He is set to occupy an international slot on the squad. 

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Eastern Conference team, per league rules. 

He arrives from Belgian first division team Oud-Heverlee Leuven, where he recorded seven clean sheets in 48 appearances. 

The player has featured all over the world, with stints at Udinese, APOEL Nicosia and Watford, among others. 

“Rafael is an experienced goalkeeper that will help solidify our depth at the goalkeeper position,” D.C. United president Dave Kasper said. 

“We look forward to integrating him with the group in the coming week.”

He joins as the team’s fourth goalkeeper, alongside veteran Bill Hamid, Jon Kempin and Luis Zamudio. 

“We’ve been monitoring Rafael for a good period of time and we’re happy to bring in a player with as much professional experience as his,” D.C. United general manager Lucy Rushton said.

 “We believe he will be a great addition to our current group of goalkeepers, providing additional healthy competition to the group. We want to welcome him to the District and look forward to having him at the club.”

Internationally, Romo has made 13 appearances for the Venezuelan national team.

The Eastern Conference team is currently undergoing several changes after the dismissal of head coach Hernan Losada on April 20. Chad Ashton has since taken over as interim manager, his second time at the helm after stepping in when Ben Olsen left the club in 2019. 

Despite a turbulent start to the 2022 campaign, D.C. United is slowly making its way up the table. They currently stand in 11th with nine points in seven games.