United Trades Quaranta To Los Angeles

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

D.C. United traded enigmatic midfielder-forward Santino Quaranta to the Los Angeles Galaxy yesterday, ending a 5 1/2 -year relationship that repeatedly was interrupted by injury and inconsistency.

United received a partial allocation, which the club will use toward acquiring a player in the future, and either the Galaxy's first-round or second-round pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, depending on Quaranta's contributions with Los Angeles.

D.C. also is finalizing a deal with the New York Red Bulls for additional allocation rights, which, combined with the Los Angeles trade and the loss of Quaranta's salary, will give United the opportunity to acquire a significant player. The club could make a move soon, but more likely will wait until the offseason.

Quaranta, 21, is a U.S. national team prospect who was in the running for a 2006 World Cup roster spot until this past spring. In MLS this year, he has played in only four games, primarily because of hamstring injuries. He took a week-long leave of absence recently for personal reasons but had not played since returning.

"It came to the point where he needed a fresh start -- that's what he requested and that's what we tried to accommodate," United Coach Peter Nowak said. "He just needs another environment."

Quaranta, a Baltimore native, did not return a phone message, but his agent, Dan Segal , said: "It's the best thing for everyone involved. He loved D.C., but it was the best time for a change."

Quaranta, who has 14 goals and 13 assists in 62 career matches, was United's fifth highest-paid player with a salary of $145,500. He was scheduled to join the Galaxy in time for today's match at Houston, but probably won't make his debut until this weekend. United will face Quaranta and Los Angeles on Aug. 26 at RFK Stadium.

-- Steven Goff

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