Fisher released by DC United

December 31, 2020
Atlanta United defender Julian Gressel battles DC United’s Jamaican midfielder Oniel Fisher (right) in the first half of a Major League Soccer game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Atlanta United defender Julian Gressel battles DC United’s Jamaican midfielder Oniel Fisher (right) in the first half of a Major League Soccer game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Reggae Boyz defender Oniel Fisher is now searching for a new club after DC United chose not to offer him a new contract for the 2021 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

The team has also declined their 2021 options on Mohammed Abu, Earl Edwards Jr, Felipe Martins, Gelmin Rivas, and Axel Sjoberg.

Fisher has become the second Jamaican defender to be released by their club in November after Alvas Powell's option was declined by Inter Miami.

Fisher, 29, a former Manning Cup standout for St Georges College, made 38 appearances for DC United while scoring one goal since joining in 2018.

40th overall pick

He was selected with the 40th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the Seattle Sounders.

He has also had stints with the Sounders second team in the United Soccer League.

He has made 14 appearances for the Reggae Boyz, the last of which came against host Saudi Arabia last month.

Powell, 26, was among seven Inter Miami players released by the club recently.

He was forced to withdraw from the Reggae Boyz squad for its two-match friendly international against Saudi Arabia in November after one of his teammates at Inter Miami tested positive for COVID-19. Powell has made 49 appearances for Jamaica since making his debut in 2012.

However, all is not lost for Powell and Fisher as they could secure roster spots on expansion team Austin FC, which will be making their MLS debut next season.

The Texas-based side will be able to select up to five players from other teams in the 2020 expansion draft. Inter Miami will be one of the 16 teams Austin FC will be able to select players from.

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