Leesburg, Virginia – Loudoun United FC announced Friday that the club has signed defender Bryce Washington and midfielder Alex Nagy ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. The deal is pending league and federation approval.
Washington joins the club after battling the last two seasons in the USL Championship with Atlanta United 2. Signed by Atlanta United FC midway through his 2021 season as his homegrown player, Washington made his professional debut on 16 June against Memphis 901 FC. He appeared in his 41 games in his two seasons, recording 75 interceptions, 114 clears and 161 recoveries, with a duel success rate he had 67%.
“Bryce is a very athletic centre-back who can play anywhere in the back line,” said Loudoun United head coach Ryan Martin. “He is aggressive in his moments of active defense and will allow him to play at the high line. I am excited about it.”
Washington played college at the University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University. Washington spent his final two-year college season in the pits, helping the Panthers reach the College Cup in his NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament. Pitt finished his 2021 spring season with a 16-4 record, earning him the No. 2 seed in the nation in the NCAA Tournament. Washington appeared in all 20 games, started, and had four goals and one assist. He has been named to the top of his drawer soccer team of the week five times and college soccer his news team of the week twice.
Meanwhile, Nagy will join Loudon after being the 41st pick in the 2022 Major League Soccer Super Draft out of DC United. Nagy, who chose to return to college at the University of Vermont, led the team in assists with nine, making him the fifth catamount in program history to earn First Team All-American honors in December.
“We are thrilled to welcome Alex to Loudoun United,” said Martin. “We have been scouting him for the last few seasons. Played all over the United States and led the team to the NCAA Elite 8. He has great size, vision and range, and can dribble out of tough situations with composure.”