By David Rusk
Revised December 12, 2021
First Published in Black and Red United, August September 25, 2021
Preface: This is the twenty-fourth in a series of Tales from Buzzard Point that explores the rich traditions and myths surrounding the legendary DC United soccer team and its fabled history at Buzzard Point. The Tales from Buzzard Point are historical fiction and parody.
D.C. United Acquire Defender George H. Thomas
D.C United has announced the acquisition of famed defender George H. Thomas. Thomas, who has been long retired, has been reactivated for the Nashville match this Saturday.
Casper Geist, D.C. United President of Soccer Operations, said:
Bringing in a player of Thomas’s quality will reinforce our squad with another proven defender as we face Nashville for the second time this season and continue to push for ultimate victory.
A dual national, the Virginia-born Thomas opted for the Union but spent most of his career in the Western Division. He is renowned as "the Rock of Chickamauga" but is also known as "the Sledgehammer of Nashville" for his success against upstart Tennesseans.
Lucy Schulz, D.C. United General Manager said:
We believe that George has all the tools to be successful within our system at D.C. United. He is an unflappable, rock-ribbed defender, but also has the capacity to move forward in attack, as decisively demonstrated at Missionary Ridge.
After a brief pause, Schulz continued to extoll the good fit of newly acquired George Thomas for the team.
Though he has been long retired, Thomas lives right here in DC’s Ward 2 and is in excellent shape, for years having engaged in three-hour stamina and agility drills twice daily during DC’s rush hour. Assistant coach Brilliant assures me that Thomas is match-fit to step into the lineup against Nashville this Saturday