- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 7, 2019

D.C. United were buyers at Major League Soccer’s trade deadline Wednesday, finalizing deals to acquire Emmanuel Boateng from LA Galaxy and Felipe Martins from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the past two days.

Those trades weren’t all, as United later announced the acquisition Norwegian forward Ola Kamara from Shenzhen F.C., a club in China. United paid a $2.5 million transfer fee for Kamara, the second-highest fee in team history.

Before moving to Shenzhen, Kamara played three seasons in MLS with Columbus and the Galaxy and scored 48 goals during that span.

The acquisition of Kamara, 29, comes one day after news broke that the team’s leading goal-scorer, forward Wayne Rooney, would leave D.C. for Derby County in England after this season. 

United traded $250,000 in targeted allocation money for Boateng, a 25-year-old midfielder from Ghana. Boateng has nine goals in 108 career appearances in MLS and recorded five assists in 2018, though this year he’s only managed one goal and no assists.

“Adding Emmanuel gives us another dynamic option from wide areas,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “His ability to stretch the field and get behind the opponent’s defensive line will give us an additional attacking threat as we enter the final stages of the regular season.”

The Boateng and Kamara news come one day after United announced a trade for Vancouver midfielder Felipe Martins, a 28-year-old Brazilian joining his fourth MLS club.

Martins, too, has just one goal and no assists this season. But the Black and Red are hoping Martins‘ experience (24 career goals, 315 chances created in eight MLS seasons) will bolster their midfield.

“We are looking forward to adding more MLS experience to our midfield with the acquisition of Felipe,” Kasper said. “We’re excited to add his ability to connect the game and break lines with his passing, as well as his competitiveness and bite.”

After a hot start to the season, United are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 36 points (9-7-9), just six points behind first-place Philadelphia. Boateng’s old team, LA Galaxy, come to town Sunday to face D.C. United at Audi Field.

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