Finding a proven replacement for the departed Andy Najar, D.C. United on Thursday acquired right back James Riley from Chivas USA for a second-round supplemental draft pick.
Riley, 30, has started at least 27 games in each of the past four seasons, including 32 of 34 matches last year. The Wake Forest product also has had stints with the Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes and New England Revolution.
“We are excited to be adding a quality defender in James,” said United general manager Dave Kasper in a statement. “James has over 200 games played in MLS, and his experience will help solidify our backline.”
Following the transfer two weeks ago of Najar to Belgian champion RSC Anderlecht, United were preparing to enter the season with third-year player Chris Korb at right back and veteran Robbie Russell in reserve. The addition of Riley increases the likelihood that Korb will see minutes at left back, where Daniel Woolard is backed up by rookie Taylor Kemp.
It is the second trade of the offseason United have executed with Chivas, who are overhauling their roster after a 7-18-9 season. Last month, D.C. added second-year striker Casey Townsend for a second-round SuperDraft pick.