WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 — The writing was on the wall for D.C. United defender Brandon McDonald after United’s 2-1 loss at home to struggling Toronto FC back on June 15 at RFK Stadium. In that game, McDonald, a big 6-foot-1 central-defender, allowed 5-foot-8 Robbie Earnshaw to out-jump him on a header at the back post for a goal. After the game, McDonald saw little playing time and was replaced in the starting lineup by Ethan White.
So it was no surprise that United’s fourth highest-paid player (earning $273,000) was giving his walking papers today and traded to Real Salt Lake in exchange for a natural third-round selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and a conditional pick in 2015.
“We want to thank Brandon for all of his contributions on and off the field during the past three seasons, and we wish him the best of luck with his new club,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper.
McDonald, who joined D.C. from rom the San Jose Earthquakes on June 27, 2011, was a revelation last season, starting 33 of 34 games and earning his club’s Defender of the Year award. The 27-year-old leaves the the club after making made 63 appearances overall (62 starts), notching three goals and adding five assists.
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