RICHMOND, Va. – Thomas Wolfe wrote a novel, "You can't go home again." Former VCU soccer standout Andrew Dykstra is proving him wrong.
On Monday, Dykstra inked a contract to rejoin Major League Soccer, this time with the D.C. United, located not far from his hometown of Woodbridge, Va. He will join the team for preseason training immediately.
Most recently, Dykstra traveled through Europe, exploring professional opportunities in the United Kingdom. When offered a deal with the Major League Soccer team in DC, the Woodbridge, Va. native decided it was time to return home.
"It has taken some time working through negotiations and feeling out my options, but I feel like this was the best move for me," he said. "I was told before my Euro excursion that I was welcome back to DC if it did not work out the way I hoped."
After graduating from VCU in 2008, Dykstra spent two seasons with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and played the 2011 season with the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer League.
"It has taken three years now for the opportunity with the home team but it's finally here. The players are great, the coaches are great and the team looks good," he said.
Dykstra is joining a DC United team that finished the 2011 season with a 9-13-12 record and finished seventh in the Eastern Conference.
"After showing what I can bring to the table this preseason, I have been told that they are "lucky and happy to have me with the team," Dykstra said. "I'm happy where I'm at and really looking forward to the season ahead."
While at VCU, Dykstra was a four-year starter from 2005-08. He played in 73 matches and over 6500 minutes between the posts. He earned All-CAA honors twice and finished his illustrious career with 18 career shutouts.
DC United opens season play Feb. 25 at Dykstra's first professional team, the Chicago Fire.