- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2020

LOUDOUN, Va. - D.C. United signed captain Steven Birnbaum to a three-year contract extension Friday through 2023.

The 29-year-old defender has eight goals and three assists in 164 regular-season games, all with United. He has started every game the last two years, logging more minutes (6,092) than any other player in MLS.

“Steven has established himself as one of the best and most complete center backs in the league since we selected him in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said. “His aerial ability, reading of the game and defensive instincts paired with his composure on the ball in the backline are what set him apart from other center backs in MLS. He has become a leader in the locker room and the DC community so we are excited to extend his contract for the foreseeable future at the club.”

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