United, Union Swap Players

United, Union Swap Players

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 16, 2012
  • Daniel Cruz, Trade

Rumblings went down earlier this afternoon on Twitter about a potential deal between the Philadelphia Union and some unnamed team in MLS in a deal involving forward Leonard Pajoy.

D.C. United ended up being that unnamed club as they announced the deal for Pajoy and an international roster spot from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for midfielder Danny Cruz. The Union signed Pajoy from Colombian first division side Itagüí Ditaires in February of 2011.

Pajoy, the Unions’ leading scorer this season with five goals now heads to D.C. in hopes to fit in with a crowded group of strikers that include Chris Pontius, Hamdi Sahili and Maicon Santos. Pajoy appeared in 20 games (16 starts) this year while netting five goals and assisting on two others.

Cruz leaves United after notching a goal and three assists. He was brought in from Houston earlier this year.

The real winner in this deal is a toss up in my mind. Philadelphia is obviously in a slight rebuilding mode here by dumping a striker like Pajoy. Getting a young player like Cruz is a good swap for them in my mind as Cruz is a player that could be a real start in the right setting in this league.

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