D.C. United continued to reinforce its defense yesterday by re-signing veteran Brandon Prideaux to a multiyear contract.
Prideaux, 28, started 16 of 30 regular season matches last year and was a substitute in seven others. He was a reserve throughout the playoffs, but with the offseason departure of all-star defender Ryan Nelsen to the English league, Prideaux could regain a prominent role this season.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but a source close to the negotiations said he received a moderate raise after earning approximately $70,000 last year. Prideaux is entering his fourth season with United after spending his first three years with the Kansas City Wizards.
The MLS champions re-signed right-side defender Bryan Namoff early this week and are close to a deal with left back Mike Petke. An international search for Nelsen's replacement is expected to continue for several weeks.
Meantime, United's spring training plans are nearing completion. The club agreed this week to participate in a preseason tournament in Charleston, S.C., for the second consecutive year. United will play three exhibitions March 19-25 at Blackbaud Stadium.
The team, which will get back together on Jan. 28 at RFK Stadium, is also scheduled to train in Bradenton, Fla., and Honolulu prior to the April 2 league opener against expansion Chivas USA at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
-- Steven Goff