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