Dyachenko Is Reacquired By D.C. United

Friday, February 2, 2007

Ten weeks after losing Rod Dyachenko in the MLS expansion draft, D.C. United reacquired the Russian-born midfielder from Toronto FC yesterday for a 2008 first-round pick.

Dyachenko, 23, made four starts and nine regular season appearances as a rookie last year and also played in two playoff matches. United was encouraged by his development late in the season and projected him as a significant contributor at a variety of positions this year.

After Toronto selected him on Nov. 17 as part of its roster-building process, United inquired repeatedly about reacquiring him. According to United technical director Dave Kasper, Toronto Coach Mo Johnston called him Wednesday to discuss the trade.

"He's a proven player in our eyes and we were willing to give up the pick to get it done," Kasper said. "He really came on last year."

Dyachenko said his uncertain international status might have played a part in the trade. He has a U.S. green card but does not have a passport from any country. (He has lived in Russia, Republic of Georgia and Ukraine.) He was having trouble crossing the border into Canada this week when he learned of the possible trade.

"I think Toronto knew this might be a problem getting in and out on every road trip all year," Dyachenko said of the expansion club, the only non-U.S. team in MLS. "It's been a roller-coaster ride, but I'm glad to be back."

-- Steven Goff

© 2007 The Washington Post Company