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Christian Benteke to make D.C. United debut Wednesday

Jul 31, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; D.C. United head coach Wayne Rooney waves to fans while walking onto the pitch for his first game as head coach against Orlando City SC at Audi Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Belgian striker Christian Benteke will make his D.C. United debut Wednesday night at New York City FC.

He received his U.S. work visa on Tuesday in London and will join the team at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

Head coach Wayne Rooney said Benteke can expect to see about 20 minutes of playing time.

D.C. United signed Benteke on Aug. 6 on a permanent transfer from Crystal Palace of the English Premier League.

Benteke, 31, joined the club as a designated player through the 2024 MLS season with a club option in 2025.

He recorded 86 goals and 23 assists in 280 Premier League matches with Aston Villa, Liverpool and Crystal Palace. He also has 18 goals in 45 appearances while representing Belgium on the international stage.

–Field Level Media