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Sunday, August 14, 2022

DC United sign Belgian striker Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace

Benteke has 86 goals and 23 assists in 280 Premier League matches, featuring for Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Aston Villa. He’s also competed extensively in his home country for Genk, Standard Liege and others.

On the international stage, Benteke has 18 goals in 45 appearances for Belgium. He’s vying for a Qatar 2022 World Cup spot under manager Roberto Martinez; they’re drawn into Group F alongside Canada, Croatia and Morocco.

“We are getting an elite striker in Christian and completing this signing on transfer deadline day is a huge accomplishment for the club,” general manager Lucy Rushton said in a release. “Christian is a dynamic forward who has scored goals at the highest levels. His strength and power will make him a focal point of our team and his ability to link-up play will be a valuable asset to us. We are excited to get Christian integrated with the team so he can make an immediate impact on the field in the final stretch of the season.”

On the transfer front, the Black-and-Red have been remarkably busy while trying to salvage a 2022 season where they’re last in the Eastern Conference standings on 21 points (6W-13L-3D). Rooney took over two matches ago after arriving in mid-July; a dozen games remain in their Audi MLS Cup Playoffs push.

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