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D.C. United signs Canadian international Attakora

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D.C. United is bringing in a Canada international as part of its off-season reshaping.

United has signed defender Nana Attakora who was selected in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft, the club announced Tuesday.

“Nana comes with international experience and has a good understanding of what our league is about,” United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He will provide a good physical presence at a very key position.”

The Canadian comes to United off a stint with the San Jose Earthquakes, where he made 14 appearances for one assist. The Quakes are undergoing their own off-season transformation, with two big moves of their own this week.

Attakora has five caps with the Canadian national team.

Attakora started his professional career in 2007 with Toronto FC, playing in five Reserve League games and then five first team games the next year. His breakout year was 2009, playing 20 games for two goals and four assists. In his last two years with TFC before joining the Earthquakes, he appeared in 31 games and scored one goal.


What do you think of this signing? Is United making the off-season moves they need to perform better in 2014?


    • He was available for nothing in the Re-entry draft. To sign Gooch means giving up their place (first in line) for returning USNT players–that slot is worth something (either a player who can help them more or trade value). Oh, and Attakora will probably cost about $300k less than Gooch.


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