D.C. United announced today that they have acquired veteran left-back Mike Chabala in a trade with the Portland Timbers. The Black-and-Red sent a 2014 first-round Supplemental draft pick to the Timbers in exchange for Chabala. Portland announced the signing of New Zealand U-23 Olympic team left back Ian Hogg today which made Chabala expendable.
In order for United to make roster room for Chabala the squad announced the retirement of midfielder Kurt Morsink. Morsink had not seen any time this season and only made a handful of appearances last season. Morsink was later named the Director of Scouting for D.C. United, a position opened up largely in part to the inclusion of the new owners Erick Thorir and Jason Levien last month.
The injury to left-back Daniel Woolard last weekend against the Columbus Crew opened up this opportunity for United and they jumped on the chance to take the two-time MLS Cup winner with Houston (2006 and 2007). With no timetable for Woolard’s return due to concussion symptoms, United were left without a bona fide replacement. Chris Korb or Lewis Neal could have been replacements but hardly suitable over the experience and the quality of Chabala.