D.C. United defender Odoi-Atsem diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Chris Odoi-Atsem D.C. UnitedTony Quinn

D.C. United has announced that Chris Odoi-Atsem has been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The 23-year-old defender is set to undergo four months of chemotherapy and sounded an optimistic about his prognosis. 

"I feel truly blessed to have caught this disease at any early stage and have a medical team that is confident that I will make a full recovery,” Odoi-Atsem said in a club release.

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"I want to use my situation to raise awareness and help others in similar situations who are going through their own individual battles. This is only temporary, God will see me through and I will be back to where I'm supposed to be, on the soccer field."

The University of Maryland product was drafted 12th overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft and has played sparingly for United in his two seasons with the club. 

Odoi-Atsem has made 10 appearances (five starts) over two seasons, with injuries limiting him to just one appearance in 2018.

“As a club, we want to express our unwavering support for Chris as he goes through treatment to address the Hodgkin's lymphoma,” said United general manager Dave Kasper. 

“He is physically and mentally strong so we know that he is well-equipped to overcome this. The experienced medical staff at MedStar were able to discover it at an early stage and are optimistic that this is highly treatable.

"We are going to be behind Chris every step of the way in this process."