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D.C. United aiming to sign Canadian national team player

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D.C. United is planning to offer a contract to Maxim Tissot, a Canadian national team member who piqued the club’s interest last summer and accepted an invitation to training camp this winter.

Tissot, 24, appeared in 44 regular season matches over four years for the Montreal Impact before being waived in the middle of the 2016 campaign. He completed the year with the second-tier Ottawa Fury.

In Washington, the Quebec-born player would provide depth at left back. Starter Taylor Kemp is the only natural fit at that position. The duo played one half apiece during Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Swedish club Jonkopings Sodra in Bradenton, Fla. Tissot is also comfortable as a left-sided midfielder.

Facing depth issues at both defensive corners, United re-signed veteran right back Sean Franklin, who was eligible for free agency, and drafted University of Maryland right back Chris Odoi-Atsem. The club had also planned to use midfielder Nick DeLeon as a defender (on the left or right side) after he filled in for the injured Franklin late last year.

Tissot started 22 league matches in four years for Montreal and scored five goals. He was a member of Canada’s 2015 Gold Cup squad and has earned 12 caps, most recently as a substitute in a 4-2 victory at Bermuda last month. He started in midfield in an away friendly against South Korea in November.

Tissot is among several trialists with United, which concluded the first stage of training camp in Florida on Wednesday and, following a brief interlude in Washington, will return to the Sunshine State in the middle of next week for 12 days of workouts and three friendlies. The season opener is March 4 against Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium.

The other camp invitees face long odds of making the roster. Decisions on whether they’ll remain under consideration or set free are expected soon. Additional trialists are possible for the second phase of Florida camp.

***Eryk Williamson, a former United academy member and University of Maryland attacker, was named to the U.S. under-20 national team squad for CONCACAF’s U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament in Costa Rica. Play begins next Friday. Williamson, from Alexandria’s T.C. Williams High School, received a homegrown contract offer from United this winter but is expected to return to College Park in order to further his development after a middling second season.

Academy forward Taofik Lucas-Walker (Georgetown Day School) will represent Trinidad and Tobago.

***Alvaro Saborio, the 34-year-old Costa Rican forward who parted ways with United after last season, announced his retirement. This winter, he had joined Saprissa. In seven MLS years, he posted 80 goals in 184 regular season appearances. Last season, Saborio scored six times but fell out of favor after United acquired Patrick Mullins from New York City FC last summer.

***Odoi-Atsem, Ian Harkes, Chris Durkin and Eric Klenofsky are headed to Arizona for the MLS rookie symposium. They’ll miss United’s annual season ticket-holder event in Georgetown on Sunday and workouts Monday and Tuesday.

***Defender Steve Birnbaum is scheduled to participate in Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics D.C. on Saturday at Nationals Park.

***Dave Kasper, United’s general manager and vice president of soccer operations who joined the front office in 2002, will be inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday night. The ceremony will take place at the Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket, Va.