Olsen confirms Restrepo will train with D.C. United

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Olsen confirms Restrepo will train with D.C. United
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Olsen confirms Restrepo will train with D.C. United

INDIANAPOLIS -- Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo will be with D.C. United when the club's preseason training begins Friday, coach Ben Olsen confirmed to Goal.com on Thursday.

Restrepo is in search of a new club after stints with America de Cali in Colombia and Deportivo Tachira in his native Venezuela, and the 24-year-old keeper will try and prove his worth and earn a contract with D.C.

The MLS club is currently pretty set at goalkeeper, with Bill Hamid as the incumbent starter and Joe Willis entering the 2013 season as his backup. Andrew Dykstra had been the club's third goalkeeper, but after a training stint with Hartlepool United in England, he is still looking at other possibilities, Olsen said.

"Dykstra is currently overseas, and we've given him a lot of freedom to explore some opportunities, because it's the right thing to do, and we don't know where that's going to go, so we might need to have some help," Olsen said. "But if he does come back, the guy Restrepo is still a good goalkeeper, and I want to see him, and hopefully he can compete for one of those spots."

Restrepo attended Olsen's alma mater, the University of Virginia, where he backstopped the Cavaliers to the 2009 NCAA national championship.

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