D.C. United acquire Rochat from Whitecaps for draft picks

D.C. United acquire Rochat from Whitecaps for draft picks

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D.C. United acquire Rochat from Whitecaps for draft picks

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By DAN KARELL

Continuing to re-tool their leaky defense, D.C. United snagged some veteran help on Thursday in an effort to salvage the rest of the season.

D.C. United announced the acquisition of defender Alain Rochat from the Vancouver Whitecaps, in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft and a conditional selection in 2016.

“Alain will provide us immediate help with his experience and leadership,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper in a statement on the club’s website. “He is a highly technical and intelligent player who can play on the backline or in the midfield. We are very pleased to welcome Alain to D.C. United.”

Rochat, born in Canada but raised in Switzerland, spent the last three seasons with the Whitecaps, normally starting at left back but also playing providing cover in central defense and in midfield. The 30-year-old had played in 11 of the Whitecaps 12 matches this season, starting in all of his appearances.

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