DC United Bolsters Defense with Promising Acquisition of Garrison Tubbs

Young center-back joins the club amid a rebuild
NC State v Wake Forest
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DC United has announced the acquisition of promising center-back Garrison Tubbs from Atlanta United. The transfer, revealed in an official statement, underscores the determination of the United States capital club to revitalize its roster during the upcoming Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

Garrison Tubbs, a talented 21-year-old defender, recently signed a homegrown contract with Atlanta United but now brings his vigor and skills to DC United. The transaction, involving $125,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2024, along with an additional $150,000 in performance-based GAM, demonstrates the team's commitment to investing in young talent.

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DC United's General Manager and Director of Soccer Operations, Ally Mackay, expressed excitement about Tubbs' arrival, highlighting his impressive season at Wake Forest, where he was named First Team All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2023. The hope is that the center-back brings with him the winning momentum gained in the youth ranks of Atlanta United and his standout collegiate career.

Garrison Tubbs
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Tubbs' signing comes at a crucial time for DC United, which is undergoing a rebuilding phase in 2024. The club, having recently parted ways with Wayne Rooney as head coach, is committed to bringing in fresh blood to the squad and revitalizing its chances in the coveted Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, a feat not achieved since 2019.

The addition of Garrison Tubbs promises to be a significant step in the pursuit of excellence in the competitive MLS landscape. Fans now eagerly await to see the young center-back in action and witness the fruits of this ambitious renewal phase at the North American capital club.