DC United Acquire David Ochoa From Real Salt Lake
After recently signing a new head coach, DC United has taken a step further to strengthen their team by adding the iconic world Cup keeper David Ochoa. The 21 year old Mexican is known for his quick reflexes and unique ways of keeping the ball outside the net of the Mexican National team. Amongst other saves is his 85th minute master class against Brazil in the 2014 World Cup. He is undoubtedly one of the best World Cup goalkeepers of our time.
The Black-and-Red announced the signing of the Goal keeper from Real Salt Lake yesterday via their twitter page. He was acquired in exchange for at least $75,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM). Since he will be out of contract after 2022, he will occupy a home grown roster slot for DC United.
The deal was a profitable one for both sides and an ace for Real Salt Lake. Should Ochoa re-sign with DC United for the 2023 season, RSL will receive an additional $300,000 in GAM. They will be divide the money evenly between the 2023 and 2024 seasons ($150,000 each year). Also if he is transferred outside of MLS during the 2022 season, RSL will receive $300,000 GAM in 2023. In addition Real Salt Lake holds a 25% sell-on fee in case D.C. United permanently transfer Ochoa outside of MLS.
The Black-and-Reds have shown excitement upon the arrival of the Goal keeper.
D.C’s president of soccer operations said in a release. “David is an extremely talented and competitive goalkeeper.” “We believe he has the ability to make an immediate impact for us this season. He is someone who we consider a viable option for us longer-term as we evaluate the goalkeeper position beyond 2022.”
Although the Mexican hasn’t featured in any MLS game in 2022, he was vital for the RSL’s Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in 2021. However, he could become D.C’s starting goal keeper under Wayne Rooney’s roster change.