Hackworth delighted to secure Cruz

Midfielder will be an 'asset for years to come'

Team manager John Hackworth has expressed his delight at the capture of midfielder Danny Cruz after the 22 year-old sealed a switch to the club from D.C. United.

Hackworth knows the former US youth national team member well after coaching him at U-17 level and is thrilled to have secured Cruz’s services once again as the Union prepare to travel to the player’s former club at the weekend.

Cruz has arrived in time to be eligible for Sunday’s MLS clash at the RFK Stadium, while former Union forward Lionard Pajoy could be in line to start for United after heading in the opposite direction as part of the trade.

“I’d like to thank Lionard for his time with us,” Hackworth said. “He’s been a fantastic professional.

“But this opportunity, to bring in a player of Danny’s quality, was one that we simply couldn’t pass up.

“He is a young and very healthy player with a lot of youth national team experience and he’ll fit into our style very well.

“Danny gave us a tough time every time he played against us. He personally was very difficult to deal with and with that in mind, I think he’ll be a real asset to us – both now and for years to come.”