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.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lamar Neagle scored on a penalty kick in the first half and D.C. United added two late goals to beat the New England Revolution 3-0 on Saturday.
Neagle converted from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute with a low shot into the left corner. Marcelo Sarvas drew the penalty on a run up the right side where Je-Vaughn Watson's foul occurred just inside the area.
Luciano Acosta scored his first MLS goal in the 86th minute on 20-yard chip shot that glanced in underneath the crossbar. Alvaro Saborio capped the scoring for D.C. United (2-3-3) with a breakaway goal in the 90th.
Revolution (1-2-5) defender Chris Tierney and United forward Fabian Espindola left the game before halftime with leg injuries.
United coach Ben Olsen served a one-game suspension for stepping on the field last Saturday. Assistant coach Chad Ashton oversaw the team in Olsen's absence.
Sebastian Giovinco's goal in the first minute stood up in Toronto FC's 1-0 victory over DC United on Saturday.
Jozy Altidore got to the ball inside the box to the right of goalkeeper Travis Worra and rolled a cross that a sliding Marco Delgado reached and redirected a bit to his left and Giovinco was on the spot to tap it in for his fourth goal of the season.
That was enough for Toronto (2-2-2) to end a three-match winless streak as goalkeeper Clint Irwin made three saves. The toughest save came in the 30th minute when he got a hand on a tight shot by Patrick Nyarko out of traffic in front of the net.
DC (1-3-3) had 18 attempts but 10 were off target.
Toronto playing its sixth straight game on the road to open the season, had 10 shots, three on Worra.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio each scored twice to help D.C. United beat Vancouver 4-0 Saturday and snap a six-game winless streak dating to last season.
Espindola opened the scoring with a putback of Chris Rolfe's saved shot in the 38th minute.
Steve Birnbaum's header of Taylor Kemp's corner kick bounced off the bar and Espindola put it away from close range to make it 2-0 about nine minutes into the second half.
Saborio replaced Espindola in the 79th and added two goals, both on feeds from Luciano Acosta, for D.C. United (1-2-3).
Vancouver (2-3-1), which had a three-game unbeaten streak snapped, was outshot 24-7, including 13-1 in shots on target.
David Ousted had a career-high nine saves for the Whitecaps. His now has 25 saves this season, most in the MLS.