By Stacy Cason
D.C. United announced Monday that it has signed goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. The 26-year-old Woodbridge, Va., native spent the preseason in Florida and Arizona and is now with United in Charleston, S.C., for the Carolina Challenge Cup.
Dykstra is familiar with Charleston, having spent the 2011 season with the Charleston Battery, where he started all 16 matches. The former VCU goalie led the USL Pro with a 0.98 goals-against average. He was awarded Battery's Newcomer of the Year Award.
United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement: "We are excited to have added another young goalkeeper who has a bright future in MLS. Andrew has gained valuable experience in the past two years as a professional, and we look forward to his contributions."
Depth has been a focal point in United's preseason, making this is a key acquisition. First-string goalie Bill Hamid will likely be spending time with the U.S. national team and the U.S. Olympic team, leaving Joe Willis and Dykstra to fill his role.
Dykstra faces his former team as United takes on the Battery Wednesday night at 7:15.