Today D.C. United announced that the club has acquired defender Mike Chabala from the Portland Timbers in exchange for a natural first round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft. The 28-year old will arrive in DC later this afternoon and practice with the team for the first time tomorrow.
Were excited to add Mike to our roster today, said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. Mike is an experienced MLS defender who will immediately upgrade our depth at the left back position.
In his current season with the Timbers, Chabala has made 9 appearances (6 starts) and helped the Timbers to a 3-4-2 record when in the lineup. His best season to date came in 2010 when he played in 25 total League matches (22 starts) and secured a goal and four assists. For his career, the defender has played in 70 MLS matches (55 starts), logged 5,154 minutes on the field and tallied two goals and nine assists. Prior to his move to Portland last season, Chabala spent more than 5 seasons in Houston. While in Houston, Chabala was a teammate of current United players Dwayne De Rosario and Danny Cruz.
Full player transaction information:
Name: Mike Chabala
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthdate: May 25, 1984
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Birthplace: Fresno, CA
Previous Club: Portland Timbers
Acquired: Acquired from the Portland Timbers in exchange for a natural first round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft on 8912.
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.
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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