The Black-and-Red made a trade for the second time in three weeks, earlier today the club made a deal with the Portland Timbers. United received Targeted Allocation Money, an international roster spot and future considerations from the Timbers in exchange for the 19 year old forward.
While the future considerations weren’t disclosed, as is league policy, the international roster spot is good for the entire season. So there’s a chance the Black-and-Red can still land an international player with that spot, similar to they’re opponent on Saturday who may debut their new player with their international slot in Didier Drogba.
“Michael is a young player with the strong potential who is continuing to grow, and he will benefit from a fresh start. This deal provides D.C. United with immediate assets and a great deal of future upside. We thank Michael for his contributions to the club and wish him the best.” – United General Manager Dave Kasper
The Spanish Town, Jamaica native has made five appearances with the first team since signing in January of 2014. Of those five appearances, two were starts. He’s also spent time with the Richmond Kickers in 2013 and 2014. During his time on loan with the Kickers, Seaton scored eight goals in 23 appearances. He hasn’t played for United in 2015 at all, he was on loan with Orebo SK of the Swedish first division. The Jamaica native also has spent time with their national team, playing in 13 games and scoring two goals.
This was definitely a good move for United as they have opened up space to add an impact player if the right circumstances arise, it’ll definitely be interesting to see what those “future considerations” turn into down the line. With a team that is as veteran laden as United, it wasn’t realistic for Seaton to get time as Miguel Aguilar has seen his time fluctuate throughout the season. Again, that international roster spot is the key.