New York City FC has traded defender Frederic Brillant to Eastern Conference rival D.C. United for $75,000 in General Allocation Money and a 2018 International Roster Spot.
The Frenchman joined New York City in 2016 from K.V. Oostende and made 58 appearances for the club, scoring two goals. He was a key piece of a revitalized defense that saw NYCFC qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs in the team’s second and third seasons in the league.
Prior to moving to New York City, the 32-year-old spent five seasons in the Belgian First Division. He made 111 appearances and scored 12 goals in two stints with the Belgian side K.V. Oostende (2011-2012, 2013-2016) and was with Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerpen Club between 2012-2013.
Brillant made his MLS debut in a win over Chicago on March 6, 2016, and became a mainstay in the NYCFC backline that season. He started 31 out of 34 regular season games for New York City and helped lead the franchise to their first-ever MLS Cup Playoff berth. He scored his first career MLS goal on May 29, 2016, in a 2-2 draw with Orlando to earn an MLS Team of the Week selection. His performance in October of that year earned him the Etihad Player of the Month award for NYCFC.
“One of our top priorities this offseason was acquiring an experienced central defender and we are very pleased to complete this transfer,” said Dave Kasper, United general manager. “Frederic is a smart, athletic defender who is a very good passer. His size, speed and presence will strengthen our backline next season and we are excited to welcome him to D.C.”