D.C. United added to its defense on Wednesday by acquiring Jamaica’s Oniel Fisher in a cash deal with the Seattle Sounders.
The Sounders received $50,000 in general allocation money, the teams announced.
“Oniel is a versatile defender who has proven that he can compete to be a starter in this league,” D.C. general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “His speed and ability to get forward in the attack, along with his sound defensive ability, provides us with a solid option at either outside back positions. We look forward to integrating Oniel into the team immediately.”
Fisher, 26, was a part-time player for Seattle the past three years, making a total of 27 appearances including 18 starts. He registered one assist and no goals for the Sounders.
Fisher appeared in six league contests during the Sounders’ run to the 2016 MLS Cup title, and began last season as the primary starter at right back until the acquisition of Kelvin Leerdam. Fisher’s departure leaves Seattle without clear backup to Leerdam.
Last summer, Fisher was part of the Jamaican team that reached the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup before falling to the U.S. team. He has made 14 appearances for his national team overall, and he will be reunited in D.C. with a Jamaican teammate, Darren Mattocks. D.C. United acquired Mattocks in a trade with the Portland Timbers on Dec. 10.
Fisher played at Tyler (Texas) Junior College and the University of New Mexico before the Sounders selected him with the 40th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He received his U.S. green card in January 2017 and does not occupy an international slot.
—Field Level Media