D.C. United has announced the signing of John Thorrington, a midfielder the club selected in Stage-2 of the 2012 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft on December 14, 2012. Last season, Thorrington appeared in 19 games (14 starts) with Whitecaps FC. Per team and League policy, the details of the deal were not disclosed.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa but raised in Palos Verdes, CA, Thorrington secured his U.S. citizenship in 1999 and opted to represent the United States in international play. The 33-year-old midfielder has appeared in four matches internationally with the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Thorrington's 16-year professional career also features stints in England and Germany. In 1997 Thorrington became the youngest American player to sign with an English Premier League club when he inked a deal with Manchester United FC at 17. He then when on to play for the Bundesliga's Bayer Leverkusen alongside rising American star Landon Donovan.
“We are happy to have reached an agreement with John, and are excited to add him into the strong foundation we have built here at D.C. United,” DCU General Manager Dave Kasper said in a team announcement. “John will add another level of experience and leadership here with the club.”
Thorrington is an eight-year Major League Soccer veteran. Though injuries have maligned much of the midfielder's MLS career, Thorrington has made 89 appearances (72 games started), scoring eight goals and assisting on three others.