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D.C. United Trades Adam Cristman To L.A. Galaxy For 1st Round Pick In Supplemental Draft

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Striker Adam Cristman, who was out of contract, has been traded by DC United to the Los Angeles Galaxy for the #16 pick in the 2011 Supplemental Draft. The progress on a contract for Cristman had been surprisingly slow; this trade is perhaps a sign that he and United had reached an impasse. LA had traded target forward Alan Gordon last season, and it seems likely that Bruce Arena wants Cristman to fill a similar role off the Galaxy bench. If DC was going to end up not signing Cristman, trading his rights for what is essentially a 4th round draft pick is getting something for nothing. Cristman's game revolved around being a hardworking physical force as a target striker. With plenty of evidence pointing toward DC taking a Generation Adidas player that plays in a similar fashion (either Indiana's Will Bruin or USA under-20 Omar Salgado), Cristman was likely going to be redundant on the 2011 squad.