D.C. United acquired central defender Kofi Opari today in a trade with the Los Angeles Galaxy. United is in need of central defense depth in light of the news that Jeff Parke may be out for a significant amount of time due to migraine headache issues.
United obtained the 23-year old defender in exchange for a swapping of Allocation Order picks with the Galaxy. The Galaxy move up to the 3rd spot in the allocation order whilst United drops to 11th. Additionally, United also received a 2015 2nd Round SuperDraft pick to complete the exchange.
“We are pleased to have acquired a smart, young defender in Kofi who has a very big upside, as well as securing a 2015 second round Superdraft pick,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper through the teams website. “This is an important move for us to make at this time to add depth to our squad as we enter the second half of the MLS season and the CONCACAF Champion’s League group stage. We welcome Kofi to the D.C. United family.”
With the addition of Opare, United becomes that much deeper in central defense with the assumed loss of Parke for the near future. With a glut of matches in the upcoming month, including CONCACAF Champions League matches, Opari wll most likely jump to third in the depth chart behind entrenched starters Bobby Boswell and rookie Steve Birnbaum and ahead of Nana Attakora and Conor Shanosky, both of whom have not played a minute for United in league play this season.
Opare has made a number of appearances for the Galaxy the last two seasons including starting both playoff matches last season. Opare played four years in college at the University of Michigan before being selected by the Galaxy last year.
Opare played for the U.S. U-20 National Team recently but is still eligible to represent Canada and Ghana if he so chooses.