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D.C. United trades Chris Pontius for Lamar Neagle in three team deal

In long-rumored moves, D.C. United has officially traded Chris Pontius for Lamar Neagle in a three team deal

In a move that was previewed last week, D.C. United has now officially traded Chris Pontius to the Philadelphia Union while also trading for Lamar Neagle from the Seattle Sounders.

Pontius was the longest serving player on D.C. United's roster, having been drafted in 2009. Bill Hamid now becomes the longest-serving player on the roster, and Chris Korb is the longest serving field player. Pontius scored 31 goals in 152 games for the team and is ninth all-time in appearances for the team.

It was time for D.C. United and Chris Pontius to move on from each other; his salary is too high for United to justify with his injury history, and Pontius gets a fresh start in a new location. United acquired both regular and targeted allocation money in the transaction.

With the allocation money they received, United turned right back around and acquired Lamar Neagle from the Seattle Sounders. Neagle is a direct replacement for Pontius, and comes in as a likely starter. We don't know if the allocation money going each way is equal, but United has the trading advantage over both teams: they have a player Philadelphia wants in Pontius, and Seattle is desperate to get rid of attackers with too many currently under contract and more (Jordan Morris) on the way. United similarly sent general and targeted allocation to Seattle for the deal.

With the roster moves earlier this afternoon, the team is moving quickly into the offseason. Look for them to make more moves later in the week, as free agency opens and the Re-Entry Draft comes. It is going to be a busy couple of weeks.