D.C. United have signed midfielder Paul Clowes, pending receipt of his P-1 visa, following a strong preseason from the English-born Clemson University graduate. Clowes, who United drafted with the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft in January, will wear the number 16 shirt.
Originally from Cheshire, England, Clowes played in the Manchester City youth academy until he was 18 years old, when he moved to the United States to play at Clemson. During his four years at Clemson, he made 86 appearances (82 starts), and earned various honors, including ACC Tournament MVP and Second Team All-ACC in 2014 and MAC Hermann Semifinalist, NSCAA Second Team All-American and First Team All-ACC in 2015.
Photo courtesy Clemson University.
A deep-lying midfielder, Clowes started in the Black-and-Red’s recent match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies and played 64 minutes before being replaced by Jared Jeffrey. He also featured in United's second match of the Tampa Bay Rowdies Suncoast Invitational against the Philadelphia Union and two friendlies against Swedish teams IF Elfsborg and Jönköpings Sudra IF during United's first preseason camp in Bradenton, Florida.
Hometown: Cheshire, England
PreviousClub: Clemson University
Transaction: D.C. United sign 2016 MLS SuperDraft second-round pick Paul Clowes, pending receipt of his P-1 visa.