D.C. United Sign Draft Pick Blake Brettschneider

Supplemental draft pick joins the ranks at United
Blake Brettschneider's signing with D.C. United was announced on Thursday afternoon, as United strengthen their forward corps, two weeks before the start of the MLS season.

Brettschneider, a striker, was selected in the second round of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, out of the University of South Carolina. In his final season with South Carolina, Brettschneider led his team in goals (seven) and assists (10).

Since being picked by United, Brettschneider has impressed on the field for United, scoring three goals in the preseason friendlies that the team has played thus far.

"[Brettschneider] has three goals in, I think, 25 minutes," United head coach Ben Olsen said last week United's win over the UCSB Guachos. "We haven't given him many minutes and he keeps coming in and scoring."

The former Gamecock will have to fight for time at forward with Charlie Davies, Joseph Ngwenya, Josh Wolff, Chris Pontius, and Santino Quaranta.

"We are pleased that Blake is officially part of our club," United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. "He is an athletic striker who has a nose for goal, and we are excited about his future."

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