D.C. United boosted its defensive depth yesterday by acquiring Ezra Hendrickson, a former MLS player who is captain of the St. Vincent and Grenadines national team.

United got the MLS rights to Hendrickson, an attack-oriented outside defender who has been playing for the minor league Charleston (S.C.) Battery, from the Dallas Burn for a 2005 fifth-round draft choice and future considerations.

"We are thrilled to have Ezra join United," United technical director Dave Kasper said in a prepared statement. "He's a solid veteran defender who has won several championships during the course of his professional career and we look forward to his significant contributions towards the success of our club."

Hendrickson, 32, was drafted by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1997 and made eight appearances before a trade sent him to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Over the next seven years, he appeared in 145 matches for the Galaxy, including a start in the 2002 MLS Cup final, and had 17 goals and 26 assists.

In an exhibition last night, United defeated the host Rochester (N.Y.) Raging Rhinos, 2-0, on goals by Jaime Moreno and Freddy Adu before 14,426.

-- Steven Goff