The LA Galaxy announced this morning they have traded Kofi Opare to DC United for the no. 3 position in the MLS allocation ranking. The club also gave up a 2015 second round SuperDraft pick and the no. 11 allocation ranking.
Opare was drafted in the second round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, as has made 12 appearances with the LA Galaxy. He was part of the backup rotation that also included Tommy Meyer and Leonardo, on separate occasions earning favor over Meyer and Leonardo to make a few starts when DeLaGarza was injured or when Gonzalez was on international duty.
"This is a move that gives us the necessary flexibility to strengthen our roster," said LA Galaxy Manager Bruce Arena. "We thank Kofi for his contributions here and wish him the best in D.C."
From the Galaxy's perspective, this is the move before the move. The acquisition that will strengthen the roster is coming this transfer window, and it will be a player that has to go through the allocation order. That means either a player on the US national team depth chart or a former MLS player who was sold for a transfer fee.
DC United are about to enter CONCACAF Champions League play after winning the US Open Cup, and they need some depth with Jeff Parke's status in doubt.