MLS: Clash, United trade defenders

Defending MLS champion D.C. United traded Honduran defender Arnold Cruz to the San Jose Clash for Nigerian defender Ben Iroha, the team announced May 15. Honduran international Cruz, who was acquired earlier this season on loan from Morelia of the Mexican First Division, played five matches for D.C. and tallied one assist. Iroha, who has been capped 46 times for Nigeria, has played in four matches for San Jose this year. Last season, he made 29 appearances for the Clash, scoring twice and collecting eight assists. As part of the deal, San Jose will also receive D.C.'s first-round pick in the 1998 college draft. "Ben is a true left-sided defender or midfield player with very good attacking skills and great speed," said D.C. GM Kevin Payne. "For us, Arnold has been a terrific professional and a good player, but he's probably most comfortable playing as a sweeper. In our system, we don't use a sweeper, but San Jose does." "We think San Jose offers Arnold a great opportunity, and we think D.C. United offers a great opportunity to Ben Iroha," added D.C. United coach Bruce Arena. "We think this is one of those rare trades in sports that will be good for both sides."
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