D.C. United Acquire Goalie David Ochoa From Real Salt Lake

David Ochoa of USA in 2019
David Ochoa of USA in 2019. Photo by Lukasz Kalinowski/Shutterstock (10255637t)

After conceding MLS-leading 43 goals so far in the season, D.C. United decided to add some competition between the posts. According to multiple reports, United has made a deal with Real Salt Lake to acquire talented goalkeeper David Ochoa.

Ochoa, who is a free agent after the season ends, arrives in exchange for allocation money that will include the undisclosed amount in 2023 and additional money based on incentives. Real Salt Lake will also be entitled to additional compensation if the 21-year-old player re-signs with D.C. United.

Ochoa made his professional debut with Real Monarchs in USL in 2018 before working his way to the first team. He played two games in MLS in 2020 before taking over Salt Lake’s starting job in 2021.

The Oxnard, California native had an encouraging campaign last season, making 25 starts and making 83 saves. He was particularly important for Real during the MLS Cup playoffs, helping his team to Conference Finals with some memorable performances.

Ochoa hasn’t played at all in 2022 as he was dealing with injuries. He should now get a chance to bounce back with D.C. United and set himself up for a new contract in 2023. Recent reports indicated that there is some interest in him from Europe, where Barcelona B would like to make him part of their squad.

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