D.C. United took advantage of Chivas USA’s ongoing roster overhaul under new coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, acquiring forward Casey Townsend, the No. 5 overall pick in last year’s SuperDraft, on Friday for a mere second-round selection in 2014.
Townsend, a University of Maryland product, notched a goal and two assists in 17 games last season. The 5-foot-11 poacher bagged 43 goals in four years in College Park, where he played with United’s Ethan White and Taylor Kemp.
“We were quite surprised that Casey was available for a trade and we pounced on it,” said United general manager Dave Kasper in a statement. “He is an exciting striker who brings a ton of energy to the attack, and we think he will be a great fit with our side. He is very happy to return to the D.C. Metropolitan area and we are equally excited to bring him back.”
Townsend joins Lionard Pajoy, academy product Michael Seaton and newly signed designated player Rafael as strikers on United’s roster going into the 2013 season.