D.C. United acquires midfielder Danny Cruz from Houston Dynamo

January 20, 2012

D.C. United bolstered its midfield Friday by acquiring Danny Cruz from the MLS Cup runner-up Houston Dynamo for financial considerations.

Cruz, 22, is entering his fourth year in MLS and will add depth to United’s midfield flanks. He appeared in 20 of 34 regular season matches last season, starting 13, and had two goals and three assists. He missed five weeks with a quadriceps injury.

In the postseason, Cruz started all four Dynamo games, including a 78-minute outing in the final against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Cruz was born in Petersburg, Va., but raised in the Phoenix area. He played for the U.S. under-17 and under-20 national teams and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for two seasons before turning pro.

“He is a tenacious player who brings a lot of energy and bite to the midfield,” United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a written statement. “At 22, he has enormous upside.”

Cruz’s 2011 base salary was $80,000 and he was projected to earn about $123,000.

The financial considerations sent to the Dynamo are in the form of partial allocation money, which can be used to sign players and fit current players under the salary cap.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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