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Maryland soccer’s Donovan Pines signs homegrown contract with DC United

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Former Maryland defenseman Donovan Pines has officially signed a homegrown contract with DC United, officially foregoing his final year of eligibility, the club announced Wednesday.

The Washington Post’s Steven Goff first reported that Pines would be pursuing opportunities on Jan. 8, and reported 10 days later that he had reached a deal with United. He joins goalie Dayne St. Clair as the second Terp to forgo his final year of eligibility.

The 6’5 centerback was a graduate of the team’s academy, which allowed United to exempt him from this year’s MLS SuperDraft, in which four of Piness teammates were drafted in the first two rounds. St. Clair, along with seniors Amar Sejdic, Chase Gasper and Andrew Samuels, were all selected.

Pines has anchored Maryland’s back line the past two seasons, anchoring a defense that didn’t allow a goal during the Terps national championship run. He was a First Team All-Big Ten selection and was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Best XI First Team. Pines also scored a crucial goal in the 79th minute of Maryland’s 2-0 win over No. 2-seed Indiana in the College Cup semifinal.

According to Goff, Pines is likely to start his career with Loudoun United, which is DC United’s USL affiliate.

In other news

Bruno Fernando was named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watch List.

Tuesday’s Red Out against Northwestern will be Spider-Man themed.

Maryland women’s basketball takes on Ohio State tonight. Sean has the preview.

The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus has three takeaways from Maryland basketball’s loss at No. 13 Michigan State.

At the Senior Bowl, Darnell Savage and Byron Cowart are doing their best to move on from a tumultuous year at Maryland, writes Sports Illustrated’s (and Maryland alum) Robert Klemko.

2019 verbal commits Jordan Houston and Kam Blount both had in-home visits with Maryland’s coaching staff yesterday.