DC United trade with Orlando City for Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta

Jairo Arrieta has joined DC United despite only signing a contract with Orlando City SC on Monday in a trade that saw the expansion franchise pick up an extra international slot.

Arrieta was selected by Orlando City in the sixth round of the MLS Expansion Draft in December after spending three seasons with the Columbus Crew in a spell that saw him score 17 goals with nine assists in 67 appearances.

He becomes the fifth Expansion Draft pick to leave Orlando City after Jalil Anibaba, Mark Sherrod and Eric Gehrig were also traded away, while Heath Pearce couldn’t agree terms and hasn’t signed a contract.

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Arrieta was expected to be a part of the Lions’ strikeforce in their inaugural season in MLS but he will now hope to succeed in DC. He will need to fill in for Fabian Espindola for the first six weeks at least, as the forward is suspended for pushing a referee in the MLS Playoffs.

“Jairo ‎will provide us with important depth this year at the forward position,” DC United General Manager Dave Kasper said. “He is a smart player who finds great spots on the field, and we like his work ethic and commitment. We welcome him to the DC United family.”

The 31-year-old Costa Rican played 23 times for the Crew last season, scoring five goals and picking up one assist.

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