D.C. United trade for Chivas USA Right Back James Riley

Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

D.C. United again take advantage of the exodus of players from Chivas USA, picking up right back James Riley in a trade.

In a move to bring more depth to the fullback position, D.C. United has acquired Chivas USA right back James Riley. According to Steve Goff, United will not give up a player in the trade, which means it is likely trading some of the allocation money that it received from the Andy Najar transfer or a draft pick of some sort. We will update the post later in the day when we find out exactly what the team gave up. (Update: The team has traded a 2015 second round supplemental draft pick for Riley.) The first hints of this trade came earlier today when Riley tweeted that he was getting on a plane and heading to Washington, D.C. In a Twitter-savvy move, he has already changed his description to "Defender for DC United."

Riley started 30 of 32 games last year for the Goats and has also made stops with the Seattle Sounders, the San Jose Earthquakes, and the New England Revolution. His acquisition means that Chris Korb, Daniel Woolard, and Riley are now competing for two spots on the field, with Robbie Russell a distant fourth and Taylor Kemp probably spending some time in Richmond. At this point, I would think that Woolard and Korb are still the starters, but Riley as a backup and spot starter makes me much more comfortable than only having Russell. This would seem to dim the chances of Jan Fredericksen getting a contract as D.C. United now have five true fullbacks and Lewis Neal able to play there in a pinch; Fredericksen's chances of signing were always complicated by the fact that he would need an international slot.

This trade is another in the long line of puzzling moves by Chivas USA this offseason, now that they are rededicated to the Latin player model held by Chivas de Guadalajara. One would think that they would want to evolve into that system and get actual value for the pieces that they are trading away. Regardless, D.C. United sees that there is value to be had in picking over Chivas' roster and are taking advantage.

Follow B&RU on Twitter

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Black And Red United

You must be a member of Black And Red United to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black And Red United. You should read them.

Join Black And Red United

You must be a member of Black And Red United to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black And Red United. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker