October 20, 2019

D.C. United parts ways with Brandon McDonald, trades defender to Real Salt Lake

D.C. United announced today that the Major League Soccer club has traded defender Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake in exchange for a 3rd-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. There is a conditional pick in 2015 involved, as well, however the terms upon which that condition rests were not released.

McDonald had recently fallen out of United’s starting lineup, though he did make 11 starts for United this season among his 12 appearances. 

The McDonald acquisition adds needed depth to RSL’s defense, a position where as of July 11, the club had three players on the MLS Injury Report.

“With the injuries we have had to our center backs we felt it was important to add a talented experienced center back and we got that with Brandon,” Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Lagerwey told the RSL website. “We expect him to be a good fit for us both on and off the field as we continue to try and improve our team.”

McDonald had one assist in his 965 minutes of action with United this season. He did have his struggles defensively at times. In a 3-0 loss at Columbus on April 27, McDonald could have been blamed for all three Crew goals in the first half, including one where he gave away a penalty that was converted.

With United ahead, 1-0, vs. Toronto FC on June 15, McDonald was beaten by Robert Earnshaw on a long, high ball from Steven Caldwell into the United defensive third where Earnshaw out-jumped and out-positioned McDonald for the ball, leading to the equalizing goal. TFC scored again before halftime and won, 2-1.

In United’s most recent league match – a 0-0 draw at Colorado – United’s starting lineup featured Taylor Kemp, Daniel Woolard, Ethan White, and James Riley left to right across the back. McDonald didn’t appear. McDonald has not seen league action since the aforementioned Toronto loss.

McDonald, 27, was acquired from the San Jose Earthquakes in June 2011 for allocation money. This will be McDonald’s third MLS club. He debuted in the league for the Los Angeles Galaxy, playing 10 games with that club in 2008.

United is next in action on Saturday, when D.C. visits the Chicago Fire. McDonald’s new team, Real Salt Lake, plays Sporting Kansas City at home on Saturday.

Ed Morgans is a Contributor to District Sports Page, covering D.C. United. For in-game analysis and story notifications, follow him on Twitter @writered21.

About Ed Morgans

Ed Morgans is DC United Page Editor for District Sports Page. Ed worked for The Journal Newspapers (now The Examiner) and covered DC United from 1997-2002. He spent the 2003 season writing for the club’s website. Ed has covered All-Star Games, MLS Cups, CONCACAF Champions Cup, World Cup qualifiers, and international friendlies. He also worked as a blogger at www.bigsoccer.com, the country’s leading soccer message board website. You can follow Ed on Twitter @writerEd21.

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