D.C. Goalkeepers Coach Pat Onstad Becomes … D.C. Goalkeeper

Faced with last week’s injury to Steve Cronin (broken wrist) and Bill Hamid’s ongoing recovery from offseason shoulder surgery, D.C. United had been in the market for a new goalkeeper—until they remembered they had a candidate on their coaching staff.

Former San Jose and Houston backstop Pat Onstad, 43, who retired after the 2010 season and joined the Black-and-Red as goalkeepers coach, will re-don his gloves and begin training with the team immediately.

United has two other netminders in camp, 22-year-old rookie Joe Willis and 26-year-old journeyman Chase Harrison, but the team thought it best to re-enlist the veteran Canadian to solidify its defense with veteran leadership.

“Pat is our best option in goal right now for the situation we’re in,” D.C. coach Ben Olsen told the team website. “Pat is an extremely experienced player that can bring stability to our backline—we are very lucky to have him.”