River Hill graduate Donovan Pines, a towering defensive anchor during Maryland 's improbable run to the NCAA soccer championship last month, will forgo his final year of eligibility to pursue a pro career, Terrapins coach Sasho Cirovski said Tuesday. Pines, a 6-foot-5 junior center back, has hired an agent and begun talks with D.C. United , which is seeking to sign him to a homegrown contract, multiple people said. As a graduate of United's academy system, he is not eligible for the MLS draft Friday or to sign directly with another team in the league unless D.C. renounces or trades his rights. Pines had been scheduled to fly to England last weekend to begin a 10-day training opportunity with at least one club. However, with United eager to sign him and MLS training camps opening in two weeks, he postponed those plans. However, Pines has continued drawing attention overseas, those sources said, and he could revisit those opportunities if talks with United do not culminate in a deal. Pines, who is from Clarksville in Howard County, was a second-team all-American who played a key role in Maryland winning its third College Cup crown since 2005. The Terrapins did not concede a goal in five NCAA tournament matches, and Pines scored the second goal in a 2-0 upset of Indiana in the semifinals.