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D.C. United adds Igboananike in trade with Fire

Photo by Mike DiNovo/USA Today Sports
Photo by Mike DiNovo/USA Today Sports

D.C. United has struggled to find consistency in the attack this season, but Ben Olsen and the team’s front office are doing everything in their power to change that.

After recently acquiring attacking players Patrick Mullins and Lloyd Sam from New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls, respectively, D.C. United made another offensive-minded move on Friday in a trade for Chicago Fire attacker Kennedy Igboananike.

In return, the Fire received an unspecified amount of target allocation money and a third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

The 26-year-old Nigerian is in his second MLS season and has scored 11 goals in 49 appearances for the Eastern Conference side. Igboananike will occupy one of D.C. United’s three Designated Player positions, and is due to make over $900,000 this season, according to the MLS Players’ Union.

The addition of Igboananike will provide D.C. with another new face, but hopefully one comes bearing goals. D.C. has scored the second-fewest goals in MLS this season (19), which only ranks above the Fire.

What kind of impact will Igboananike make in the D.C. United attack? Do you like the moves Ben Olsen’s team has made this summer?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. So the team with the 2nd lowest number of goals in the league gets a striker from the team that has the LOWEST number of goals in the league. Hummmm. Of course that makes sense…..

    • Good point but IMO, igbuon(…) was being wasted on the fire (quickly becoming the new chivas USA). Fc has added some solid upgrades in the middle tier of their roster. Sam, neagle, igbuon and Mullins are all upgrades. Add in the recent saborio move to the existing core of Rolfe, Deleon, etc and dc may turn it around and make a run in the playoffs.


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