D.C. United announced today that the club traded midfielder Danny Cruz to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Colombian forward Lionard Pajoy and an international roster spot. The Union signed Pajoy from Colombian first division side Itag Ditaires in February of 2011. Pajoy will be available for selection at Uniteds match against Philadelphia this Sunday at RFK Stadium (5 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).
"It was not an easy decision to trade Danny. Hes been a terrific player on and off the field this season," said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. "We felt that we needed to add another piece up top and the opportunity to get Lionard Pajoy was one that we could not pass up. Were excited to integrate him into our side immediately."
31- year old Pajoy has been a consistent presence in the Union lineup in his first season in Major League Soccer. He has played in 20 games (16 starts) this year while netting five goals and two assists. Pajoy is tied as the Unions leading scorer on the year and has logged 1,490 total minutes on the field.
Cruz, a player who has proved very popular with the fans, leaves D.C. United after being acquired from the Houston Dynamo for a partial allocation in January. The 22-year old played in 16 League matches (12 starts) this season, scoring a goal and three assists. His 969 minutes played were 13th most on the team to date.