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.
D.C. United participated at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday at the invite of event organizers.
Throughout the day, the select players on hand played soccer with the children present.
And one of them was Barron Trump, the 11-year-old son of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.
While there, United forward Patrick Mullins and midfielders Julian Buescher and Marcelo Sarvas all received an unscheduled invitation to meet Barron in the White House, where they talked soccer and even kicked around the ball. Sarvas' eldest son, who is around Barron's age, and Talon, the United mascot, also played.
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“He was very knowledgeable about soccer, knew about D.C. United and was interested to know more,” Mullins told the Washington Post. “Little kid to have a passion for the game and to be knowledgeable and have a conversation with us, it makes me feel good about kids growing up playing the game.”
At some point during the day, 94.7 Fresh FM’s Dana McKay tweeted a photo of Barron outside the White House playing soccer in an Arsenal jersey.
According to the Post, Barron received a D.C. United soccer ball that was signed by the players and personalized with a message welcoming him to Washington. He also has an open invitation from the team to visit with them.
Barron currently lives in New York City with his mother.
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WASHINGTON -- Lloyd Sam and Luciano Acosta scored in the second half in D.C. United's 2-1 victory over NYCFC on Saturday.
After going scoreless in the first three matches of the season, D.C. United (2-2-1) has scored two goals in each of the last two.
In the 53rd minute, Lloyd stole the ball from defender Frederic Brillant deep in NYCFC's half and fired the ball from near the penalty spot past the sliding Johnson. Sam's first goal this season came in his 100th MLS start.
Acosta scored his second goal this season in the 73rd minute via a rebound. He passed to Sam, whose shot was blocked by Johnson back to Acosta for an easy score.
Bill Hamid made a terrific double-save for United in the 82nd minute, but two minutes later, NYCFC's Thomas McNamara sent a cross to David Villa, who scored his third of the season.
NYCFC (2-2-1) dominated possession and outshot United 15-12, with both teams putting six shots on target. NYCFC beat United 4-0 on March 12.