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D.C. United acquires Kofi Opare from Galaxy

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Per the team, D.C. United has sent away their spot in the allocation order (# 3 overall) to the Los Angeles Galaxy to acquire defender Kofi Opare and L.A.'s second round pick in the 2015 draft, along with L.A.'s spot in allocation (# 11). The 23-year old was selected by L.A. in the 2013 draft after playing all four years at the University of Michigan.

What does this presumably mean for L.A.? At 2 points back of Real Salt Lake for second and eight behind Seattle for first, this has the move before the move. If this translates to Jermaine Jones, the next question would be if Jones goes through allocation and how L.A. is going to have to move Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane or Omar Gonzalez to accommodate Jones.

What does this mean for D.C.? Well, they acquire a young, defender who is equivalent in size to Steven Birnbaum, one with CONCACAF Champions League experience and at less than $50,000 perhaps more importantly, one on the cheap at the moment. And having these defenders practicing and playing next to Bobby Boswell to get crib notes from should help their experiences. More concerning though would be the health of Jeff Parke (out to either migraines or a lingering foot injury) and the future of Conor Shanosky and Nana Attakora. Surely Shanosky and Attakora should get some sort of run, particularly if the latter has regained his health, but with a two-team expansion draft coming, Attakora will almost certainly be left unprotected, and Shanosky's future after the draft may find him without a contract.

What are your thoughts on the deal?