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.
The World Cup could be coming to Washington or Baltimore.
The official list of 49 stadiums that will be considered for inclusion in the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup included Fed Ex Field in Landover, MD, as well as M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada officially started its process for cities to declare their interest to serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, by sending Requests for Information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations.
After these cities, including Washington and Baltimore, declare their interest, the United Bid Committee reviews all of the submissions, and plans to have a short list put together by Sepember. The Bid Committee plans to have between 20 to 25 venues on the list to present to FIFA.
If chosen to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, after going through FIFA’s determination process, it's expected that at least 12 locations could serve as Official Host Cities for the North American bid.
All stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group stage matches, and a capacity of at least 80,000 to be considered for the Opening Match and the Final.
Here's a full list of the cities and stadiums being considered.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Lamar Neagle scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute and D.C. United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.
The penalty was awarded after defender Kendall Waston was called for hauling down Jose Ortiz in the box. The B.C. Place Stadium fans voiced their displeasure when replays showed Waston barely touched Ortiz.
Neagle sent the ball into the top corner for his sixth goal of the season. United improved to 4-6-2.
The Whitecaps (5-6-1) had a chance to tie it in extra time. Vancouver was awarded a penalty kick following a collision between United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and Vancouver's Brek Shea. Cristian Techera took the shot, but hit the post.