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The Philadelphia Union announced on Thursday afternoon that they have traded forward Lionard Pajoy to DC United for midfielder Danny Cruz.
An announcement on the United website says DC also received an international roster spot along with Pajoy.
“I’d like to thank Lionard for his time with us,” Union interim manager John Hackworth said. “He’s been a fantastic professional. But this opportunity, to bring in a player of Danny’s quality, was one that we simply couldn’t pass up. He is a young and very healthy player with a lot of youth national team experience and he’ll fit into our style very well.
“Danny gave us a tough time every time he played against us. He personally was very difficult to deal with and with that in mind, I think he’ll be a real asset to us – both now and for years to come.”
Cruz was part of the USMNT 2007 U-17 World Cup squad that included Sheanon Williams and Zac MacMath and was coached by the Union’s interim manager, John Hackworth. Also in the U-17 pool at the time was Amobi Okugo.
Pajoy joined the Union from Colombian first division club Itagüí Ditaires in February. With 16 starts in 20 appearances (1490 minutes), Pajoy scored five goals with 2 assists.
Cruz was drafted by Houston Dynamo in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He made 51 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals, before being traded to DC in January of 2012 in exchange for allocation money. Cruz had 12 starts and 16 appearances for DC (969 minutes), scoring 1 goal with 3 assists.
According to the announcement from the Union, “Cruz will arrive in Philadelphia tonight and be eligible for this weekend’s match against D.C. United on Sunday at 5:00pm.”
If Wiki vandalism is anything to go by, apparently some DC United fans are not pleased with the trade. As of this writing, the details of Cruz’s professional career on Wikipedia end with the following line: “On August 16, 2012, Cruz was traded to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Lionard Pajoy in a monumental display of organizational stupidity.” (Click here for a screenshot.)
We’ll have more details as they become available.