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Video: Here’s Newest Union Player Danny Cruz’s Highlight Reel

Aug 16, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

The Union traded forward Lionard Pajoy for midfielder Danny Cruz.

The Philadelphia Union announced this afternoon that they’ve traded forward Lionard Pajoy to D.C. United in exchange for midfielder Danny Cruz.

Here’s what the Union’s site has to say about their newest addition:

Cruz, 22, was drafted 41st overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by the
Houston Dynamo. During his time with the Dynamo, Cruz started 27 of 51
games, compiling four goals and five assists in a total of 2621
minutes.  He enjoyed his best season during the 2011 campaign, scoring a
stunning goal at the end of the season against the Portland Timbers to
help Houston earn a playoff berth. He also started all four of the
Dynamo’s four MLS Cup playoff matches, helping the team to the MLS Cup
final before falling to the LA Galaxy 1-0.

The article also points out that Cruz spent time on the U.S. under-17 National Team under current Union coach John Hackworth and played alonside Amobi Okugo, Zac MacMath, and Sheanon Williams.

Soccer By Ives seems to like the move for the U to get younger while adding a “versatile winger who can play on either side of the field.”