The veteran fullback was dealt by Chivas to D.C. United Thursday, with the Goats receiving a 2015 second round Supplemental Draft pick in the deal. The trade is the second between the two teams this offseason after D.C. acquired young striker Casey Townsend in exchange for a draft pick.
“We are excited to be adding a quality defender in James,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper. “James has over 200 games played in MLS, and his experience will help solidify our backline.”
For Riley, D.C. will be his third team in as many years after spending 2009-2011 with the Seattle Sounders and last season with Chivas. The 30-year-old Riley started 32 games for the Goats last season and will provide a much-needed boost at right back for D.C., which lost prospective starter Andy Najar to Anderlecht in an international transfer last month.
As it stood entering Thursday, the club has Chris Korb and Robbie Russell available at right back, with Korb being the top backup to starting left back Daniel Woolard as well.
A veteran of eight MLS seasons, Riley joins the likes of Ben Zemanski (Portland), Nick LaBrocca (Colorado), Danny Califf (Toronto) and Townsend among the group of players to leave the club or be shipped out by new manager Jose Luis Sanchez Sola as the organization continues to fulfill its self-stated mission and build more of a Mexican identity.