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United acquires Da Luz from New York

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When Atlantic Cup rivals D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls made a trade on Saturday, D.C. sent a 2011 international roster slot to New York for "future considerations."

The specifics of those considerations have been sorted out.

The Red Bulls sent second-year midfielder Austin Da Luz to United to complete the trade. Da Luz appeared seven times for New York this season, started four games and notched a goal and an assist. He battled through injuries during his rookie season before starting to make an impact in his second MLS campaign. As a left-sided midfielder, Da Luz, a first-round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, offers depth behind Chris Pontius while also giving coach Ben Olsen the flexibility to push Pontius forward.

The trade is the second between the two teams in a three-week span, as New York sent Dwayne De Rosario to D.C. for Dax McCarty at the end of June.

What do you think of the deal?  

Share your thoughts below.


  1. If idea is to give up all young talent for a team of aging (and expensive) ex-stars…well that plan seems to be working so far this year. Except we are behind the Union at the midpoint of season. The Backe/Soler “direction” seems increasingly desperate and lost. No surprise that team chemistry is disastrous right now…

  2. good move by soler. needed to get international spot for rost and had to sacrifice a guy who wont be playing in this league in 1 or 2 years. there are 1000 guys out here like daluz but who are at least a little bit athletic.

  3. I know I’m late and no one will probably read this but where is the youth movement and the players that will be our future? Pretty disappointed with this one.

  4. This is the part of the deal that makes no sense. What ever his good or bad attributes are (just for those that are saying “well he wasn’t that good anyway”), the coaching staff deemed him good enough to get significant minutes on the field this term. Yes, those minutes were gotten when many players were out, but he was the one that got them, not Rooney or Paulo or a number of other players that are taking up international spots. So they trade away a player they’ve been using for an international spot when they could have gotten that spot by dumping a player that they’re not using.

  5. Oh, please. They wont need defense with Anelka. No team could outscore them. Marquez will be returning soon anyway. Tainio can also play defense.

  6. No its not. You did not read about the LA, NY rule that supercedes any other said rules which states that any and all rules related herein regarding to MLS and its affiliates shall acknowledge special treatment granted exclusively to LA and NY. This treatment shall be granted in perpituity of the existence of MLS and is superior to all existing and future rules forthwith.


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