With veteran Jeff Parke sidelined, Ben Olsen's club has moved for back line assistance ahead of a busy stretch of matches.D.C. United has traded for Kofi Opare and a 2015 second-round SuperDraft pick from the LA Galaxy, with the capital club swapping allocation spots with the Galaxy in the exchange.
Opare was himself selected in the second round of the draft, when LA picked him 23rd overall. He went on to make 12 league appearances and two playoff starts with the Galaxy, and also featured for the club's USL Pro outfit, LA Galaxy II.
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The move gives D.C. United needed depth at center back with the club preparing not only to make a run for MLS Cup but also opening CONCACAF Champions League play in late August.
"We are pleased to have acquired a smart, young defender in Kofi who has a very big upside, as well as securing a 2015 second round Superdraft pick,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said in a news release. “This is an important move for us to make at this time to add depth to our squad as we enter the second half of the MLS season and the CONCACAF Champion's League group stage. We welcome Kofi to the D.C. United family.”
Bobby Boswell and rookie Steve Birnbaum have locked down the starting center back spots, but there are question marks behind them. Offseason acquisition Jeff Parke is out indefinitely with migraine headaches. Nana Attakora and Conor Shanosky are also on the depth chart but have yet to feature in a MLS match this year.
For the Galaxy, roster flexibility is the motivation for the move, with coach and general manager Bruce Arena saying in a statment: “This is a move that gives us the necessary flexibility to strengthen our roster. We thank Kofi for his contributions here and wish him the best in D.C.”