The Washington Times - July 17, 2013, 12:38PM

D.C. United on Wednesday continued their midseason roster shakeup, trading veteran center back Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake for a third-round pick in 2014 and a conditional selection in 2015.

McDonald had started 60 of United’s 62 regular-season matches since being acquired from the San Jose Earthquakes in June 2011 before being benched in early May. He started just two of 10 matches from that point and had been an unused substitute in four straight contests.

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“We just felt like it was time for B-Mac to move on and get a fresh start,” coach Ben Olsen said. “This was with B-Mac. This wasn’t a surprise, and he knew he needed a fresh start too. I’m happy for him.”

McDonald was on the books for a guaranteed compensation of $273,250 this season, making him a highly expensive reserve. With Dejan Jakovic (adductor) returning to action, natural left back Daniel Woolard thriving of late in central defense, and academy products Ethan White and Conor Shanosky making progress, McDonald’s prospects for playing time were dim.

“Ethan has done well and Conor has come along,” Olsen said. “So I feel like that added now with Woolard doing a steady job in there, I think he wasn’t going to see a lot of time. That’s where the fresh start comes.”