MLS - DC United sign defender Gaoussou Samake from Ivorian club
D.C. United announced Monday that it has signed defender Gaoussou Samake from ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast.
The 24-year-old left back played the 2021 season with the club's USL Championship affiliate Loudoun United, and his performances led to a two-year contract extension through 2023.
The contract also includes options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons, and it will be finalized once his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate are received.
“Samaké impressed us in his first season with Loudoun United, and we’re excited to add him to the D.C. United roster ahead of the 2022 season,” general manager Lucy Rushton said in Monday's release. “He worked closely with our first team in training throughout 2021 and his athleticism, pace and ability on the ball will be an effective addition in [Hernan] Losada's system.”