D.C. United finished the 2015 season as one of the Eastern Conference’s lowest-scoring teams, but they appear set to bring in some attacking help in 2016. In a move originally reported by SoccerWire.com and subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, United are set to acquire speedy winger Patrick Nyarko via a trade with the Chicago Fire.
Nyarko, who started his professional career with the Fire and is their longest tenured player after being selected in the first round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft out of Virginia Tech, has reportedly been seeking an exit from the Windy City.
The Fire haven’t qualified for the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs since 2012 and are in the midst of a coaching change after Frank Yallop was fired late last season. The Post reports that Chicago will receive D.C.'s second-round pick in next week's 2015 SuperDraft in return for Nyarko.
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The 29-year-old has struggled with injuries the past two seasons, making 19 appearances last season and 17 in 2014, but he scored three goals and recorded four assists after returning the lineup midway through last season.
Nyarko amassed 19 goals and 39 assists in his eight seasons with the Fire, with 196 regular-season appearances.