In need of defensive depth, D.C. United on Monday acquired Brandon McDonald from the San Jose Earthquakes for allocation money.

McDonald, 25, is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound center back who started 54 league matches over 2 1/2 seasons with the Earthquakes. He began his MLS career with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2008. This year he has made 11 appearances (eight starts) and scored once.

“He is an experienced, hard-nosed player who has played at both the center back and holding midfield spots in our league,” United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a written statement. “We look forward to integrating him into our team immediately.”

United defenders Dejan Jakovic and Marc Burch have been sidelined with hamstring injuries, Devon McTavish has missed the entire season with concussion issues, and Rodrigo Brasesco was waived recently.

Video of McDonald’s spectacular goal in 2008: