John Hackworth made his first major transfer move since taking over as interim head coach, sending Lionard Pajoy and an international roster spot to D.C. United in exchange for Danny Cruz.
The Union make three teams for Cruz in the last year, since the Houston Dynamo dealt him to United for allocation money.
Cruz was already well known to both Hackworth and the Union. The 22-year-old midfielder/winger put on quite the performance against the Union in last year's playoffs while still with the Dynamo.
As has become the norm for the Union, a player acquisition played under Hackworth in the United States Men's National Team youth system. Cruz was a member of Hackworth's under-17 squad in 2007.
Recently, Cruz has suffered from a hamstring injury. Cruz still managed to play in 15 games with D.C. and scored once during his half season there.
The possibility of a trade involving Pajoy was originally teased by Soccer by Ives on Twitter earlier today.
Pajoy had joined the Union under former head coach Peter Nowak's reign, beginning his short stay with Philadelphia prior to the 2012 Major League Soccer season. The striker had never played outside of Colombia prior to moving to MLS.
In 16 starts, Pajoy scored five times and assisted on two more. Pajoy faced a lot of fan negativety during the early portion of the season before finding form and putting in some good displays.