Dwayne De Rosario Acquired By D.C. United In Trade For Dax McCarty

D.C. United has made a blockbuster trade, acquiring five-time all-star and four-time MLS Cup winner Dwayne De Rosario from the New York Red Bulls for midfielder Dax McCarty.

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Dwayne De Rosario Will Play Saturday Vs. Philadelphia Union

DC United’s newest acquisition, superstar midfielder/forward Dwayne De Rosario, is expected to join the team Thursday morning, and should be available to play the following Saturday against the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union at RFK stadium in Washington, DC.

This is according to Soccer Insider, who tweeted the following on Tuesday:

De Rosario tentatively scheduled to join #dcu on Thu morning, will be available Sat vs Union

The contest should be an excellent test for De Rosario and his new team, as DC United looks to climb the standings. At 4-5-6, they are currently in fourth place in the MLS’s Eastern Conference standings.

The 33-year-old is a five-time MLS all-star who has won four MLS titles in his career. His first two came with San Jose in 2001 and 2003. He then won back-to-back titles with the Houston Dynamo in 2006 and 2007.

DC United gave up midfielder Dax McCarty for De Rosario.

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Dwayne De Rosario Trade Raises Expectations For D.C. United, Leaves Dax McCarty Hanging

Dwayne De Rosario gives D.C. United another proven goal scorer. But can he fill the shoes left behind by Marco Etcheverry and Christian Gomez?

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Dwayne De Rosario Acquired By D.C. United In Trade For Dax McCarty

D.C. United has made a major trade that has shocked many in the soccer world. The Black and Red have acquired superstar midfielder/forward Dwayne De Rosario from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for Dax McCarty, a blockbuster trade that nobody saw coming.

"Today, we signed one of the best players MLS has ever seen in Dwayne De Rosario," D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen said in a statement released by the club Monday evening. "In order to gain a quality piece, we gave up a quality player in Dax McCarty, but we feel that De Rosario is a game-changer that will help us in our push for the playoffs."

De Rosario is a five-time MLS All-Star, four-time MLS Cup winner and two-time MLS Cup MVP. The 33-year old  was previously traded to New York from Toronto FC on April 1. So far this season, De Rosario has recorded three goals and five assists in 14 total appearances for Toronto and New York. The Canadian international previously helped San Jose win the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003, and also helped lead the Houston Dynamo to back-to-back MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007.

In return, D.C. United has traded away McCarty, an accomplished midfielder himself who just didn't fit in with Olsen's system. McCarty was acquired last November from the expansion Portland Timbers for Rodney Wallace and a 2011 fourth-round MLS SuperDraft pick. McCarty made 13 appearances and 11 starts for United this season, tallying two assists in 946 minutes of play.

"Dwayne is a proven champion in our league and will add significant firepower to our attack," D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in the club's release. Kasper also revealed in an interview with the club's official website that United had been working on the trade "for about a month."

"Today we got a lot better," Kasper said in that interview. "Now, we need to get the pieces on the same page and gelling in a short amount of time."

For his part, McCarty did appear to have some notice of the pending deal, tweeting enigmatically moments before the trade was announced, "Every1 get ready for it in......5....4.....3....2....1...."

That was followed by this valedictory note of thanks from the midfielder, "This business is NUTS!! DCU fans, its been a pleasure, truly the class of the league.That said, cant wait 2 get 2 NY! Appreciate the support."

D.C. United also acquired defender Brandon McDonald from San Jose for allocation money in a separate trade Monday. McDonald started eight games for the Earthquakes this season.

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