Onstad coming out of retirement to play for D.C. United

Onstad coming out of retirement to play for D.C. United

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Onstad coming out of retirement to play for D.C. United

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The solution to D.C. United's goalkeeping problems appears to have been right in front of the club all along.

Goalkeeper coach Pat Onstad is coming out of retirement to compete for the club's starting keeper job in the aftermath of Steve Cronin breaking his wrist.

Cronin was expected to start the season in goal, with Bill Hamid still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. With both now on the shelf and only the inexperienced Chase Harrison and Joe Willis in camp, the 43-year-old Onstad, who retired from the Houston Dynamo to coach for D.C. after last season, has inserted himself in the mix.

"Pat is our best option in goal right now for the situation we're in," coach Ben Olsen said in a team release.

Since Onstad was made available in the Re-Entry Draft and not selected, he technically is a free agent and should be able to sign a player contract with D.C. without the club needing to compensate the Dynamo.

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