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Former Burnley midfielder and captain Chris McCann has moved from Altanta United, where he spent the last two years, to DC united who acquired him off waivers.

1213 burnley chris mccann 00 300x500After two successful seasons with Atlanta, culminating in them winning the MLS Cup in 2018 but they announced last Saturday that they had waived him which allowed him to move to another club.

That new club is DC United and David Kasper, their General Manager and VP of soccer operations, said: “We are excited to acquire Chris and add real quality, versatility and experience to our group. He has played with Wigan and Burnley in the top two tiers of English soccer, and he won an MLS Cup with Atlanta last year. We look forward to having Chris join us tomorrow for our second pre-season camp in Clearwater.”

McCann came to Burnley in the summer of 2004, joining Terry Pashley’s youth team, but he was elevated to the first team as early as the following season and made his debut in the third game of that 2005/06 season, coming on as a substitute against Coventry City.

He went on to play 268 times for us but missed much of the 2009/10 Premier League season, and the following season, because of an injury sustained in a 3-1 home win against Sunderland in September 2009. One short comeback apart, he didn’t play again until the 2010/11 season was almost at an end, scoring on his return at Derby in a 4-2 win, a game that saw Derby introduce Jeff Hendrick for his debut as a substitute.

McCann took on the captaincy in the following season but relinquished it a year later, handing over the armband to new signing Jason Shackell. It was to be his last season at Burnley; he opted to rejoin Owen Coyle that summer at Wigan. He spent three years there before signing for Atlanta and then went on loan from there back to Coventry for the first half of the 2016/17 season before making his way to America.

Next season he’ll be part of a multi-national roster at DC, one that includes former England captain Wayne Rooney.

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