Donovan Pines

Donovan C. Pines (born March 7, 1998) is an American soccer defender who plays for Loudoun United FC of the USL Championship on loan from D.C. United. Pines previously played college soccer for the University of Maryland, and for D.C. United's Academy.

Donovan Pines
Personal information
Full name Donovan C. Pines
Date of birth (1998-03-07) March 7, 1998
Place of birth Clarksville, Maryland, United States
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Loudoun United
(on loan from D.C. United)
Number 4
Youth career
2014–2016 D.C. United
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Maryland Terrapins 56 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– D.C. United 10 (0)
2019–Loudoun United (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2019– United States U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 8, 2019


Youth and college

Pines played soccer for River Hill High School before attending University of Maryland College Park. Pines played three years of college soccer for the Terrapins and was a starter all three years at Maryland where he made 56 appearances, and scored 3 goals.[1][2][3] At the end of the 2016 NCAA Division I men's soccer season, he was honored with Big Ten All-Freshman Team recognition.[4] He was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team his sophomore year,[5] before having a breakout season his junior year. Concluding the 2018 NCAA Division I men's soccer season, he was part of the national championship-winning Maryland team. Individually, Pines was named to the All-Big Ten First Team, the Top Drawer Soccer Best XI, as well as the College Cup All-Tournament Team.


Concluding the 2018 NCAA soccer season, Pines was linked to several European clubs as well as potentially being signed by D.C. United on a homegrown contract. Pines ultimately signed a homegrown contract with D.C. United on January 18, 2019.[6]

Ahead of the 2019 USL Championship season, Pines went on a season-long loan to D.C. United's reserve side, Loudoun United FC. On March 9, 2019, Pines made his professional soccer debut for Loudoun United in a 0–2 loss to Nashville SC. Pines played the entire match.[7]

Pines made his Major League Soccer debut with D.C. United on April 13, 2019 against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. He played the full 90 minutes and recorded an assist to Luciano Acosta in a 3-2 win over the Rapids.[8]





  1. "2018 Men's Soccer Individual Statistics". Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  2. "2017 Men's Soccer Individual Statistics". Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  3. "2016 Men's Soccer Individual Statistics". Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  4. "2016 Men's Soccer All-Big Ten Teams and Individual Honors" (PDF). Big Ten Conference. November 4, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  5. "2017 Big Ten Men's Soccer Postseason Awards" (PDF).
  6. Goff, Steven (January 18, 2019). "D.C. United reaches deal with Maryland star Donovan Pines". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  7. "Post-Match Facts: LDNvNSH 03.09.19". Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  8. "Donovan Pines shines bright in his MLS debut". Retrieved April 15, 2019.
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