DC United announced today that is sending veteran keeper Troy Perkins to the Portland Timbers in exchange for Steve Cronin and allocation Money.
Perkins’ second stint with D.C. United proved to be a bad experience for both the veteran keeper and the Black-and-Red.
After returning to D.C. United following a two-year stay with Norwegian First Division side Valerenga IF Perkins’ homecoming was a disappointment. His return was marred by poor results and the rapid rise of young rival Bill Hamid.
The move brings Steve Cronin (left) back to D.C. United. He was a member of the Black-adn-Red for a short period of time in 2009 when he was on loan from Portland’s Division 2 team. Cronin appeared with the Black-and-Red for the first time on October 17, 2009 in a shutout victory over Columbus. Cronin started two regular season matches for United, posting a 1-0-1 record. He also appeared in the club’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Mexican side Toluca on October 20.
Prior to 2009, Cronin spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy, earning his first career victory on April 29, 2006 in a 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake.
The trade with Portland makes it the second offseason move that new coach Ben Olsen and Technical Director Dave Kasper make with the expansion team. IN late November the club sent defender Rodney Wallace and a 2011 SuperDraft selection to the expansion side in exchange for midfielder Dax McCarty.