When Lloyd Sam makes his debut for D.C. United, maybe as soon as Saturday, when United travel up I-95 to visit the Philadelphia Union (7 pm ET; MLS LIVE), he will become the 25th player to play for both United and the New York Red Bulls/New York-New Jersey MetroStars. Sam, a speedy and creative wing midfielder who scored 20 goals and 22 assists in 106 games for the Red Bulls, was traded from the Red Bulls to arch-rivals United on Thursday, for General Allocation Money.
The move came as a shock to many, including Sam, but he joins a long line of players to have played on both sides of the rivalry. Here is the list of the previous 24, according to Elias:
A.J. Wood; Austin da Luz; Bobby Convey; Brandon Barklage; Brian Kamler; Chris Albright; Craig Ziadie; Dax McCarty; Dema Kovalenko; Diego Sonora; Dwayne De Rosario; Eddie Pope; Ezra Hendrickson; Fabian Espindola; Francis Doe; Henry Zambrano; Jaime Moreno; Jeff Agoos; Jeff Parke; Mark Lisi; Mike Ammann; Mike Petke; Petter Villegas; Richie Williams