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D.C. United's wing options got a little more intriguing on Friday.
The club acquired midfielder Danny Cruz from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for a partial allocation, adding an up-and-coming player to the team's already up-and-coming nucleus.
Cruz, who took part in the U.S. U-23 camp in December and started all of Houston's playoff games last season, no longer qualified as a Generation adidas player and did not come to terms on a new deal with the Dynamo. The club still held his rights, though, and offloaded them to D.C., which happily takes on a player entering his fourth year in MLS.
He joins Andy Najar, Chris Pontius and first-round draft pick Nick DeLeon on the wings for United.
Here are a few more items from around MLS:
FC DALLAS SIGNS RODRIGUEZ
FC Dallas continues to add new parts to its defense, acquiring 21-year-old Panamanian fullback Carlos Rodriguez.
The club is familiar with Rodriguez, who previously played for FC Tauro, from the CONCACAF Champions League, where he faced FCD in the group stage. Rodriguez can play on either side of the field, according to statements made by coach Schellas Hyndman.
According to a release by the club, he will be taking part in Panama's friendly against the United States next week along with recent FCD signee Blas Perez.
ROBINSON JOINS VANCOUVER COACHING STAFF
Former Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls midfielder Carl Robinson has joined Martin Rennie's coaching staff in Vancouver as an assistant.
Robinson, a former Welsh international, retired after this past season, his fifth in MLS. That followed a 12-year career in England.
"I am thrilled about this new opportunity to continue my career in the sport I love," Robinson said in a team statement. "I have known for a long time that once I was done playing, I would transition to a coaching role."
Robinson is joined by Jake DeClute, who will act as an assistant coach along with being the club's scouting coordinator.
RAPIDS, WHITECAPS MAKE TRADE
The Vancouver Whitecaps have made a number of international signings this offseason, and to help accommodate for that, the club acquired an international roster spot from the Colorado Rapids through Jan. 1, 2015.
In exchange for the spot and a second-round pick in the 2014 SuperDraft, the Whitecaps sent an undisclosed sum of allocation money to the Rapids. Vancouver now has 10 international roster spots.
IRO, MAROSEVIC DECLINE CONTRACT OFFERS
Neither Andy Iro nor Peri Marosevic will be returning to Toronto FC after both players declined contract offers, according to a team statement.
Both players were midseason acquisitions a year ago. The club was hoping that Iro would be more of an answer to the team's questions at centerback after picking him up in the trade that sent Tony Tchani to Columbus.
Marosevic, meanwhile, was picked up after being waived by FC Dallas and showed flashes of a player who was picked fifth overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. The 22-year-old midfielder scored three goals in all competitions.
What do you think of the D.C.-Houston deal? How do you see FC Dallas' back line shaping up? Happy to see Robinson get a coaching gig? Think the Vancouver-Colorado trade makes sense for both sides?
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