D.C. United has signed Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa in return for an unknown sum of money.
According to a source, the payout will include some guaranteed allocation money in 2023, with more payments potentially dependent on incentives, and if Ochoa, who is out of contract at the conclusion of the season, signs a new contract with D.C. United.
Ochoa, 21, put on a show during last year’s MLS Cup playoffs, including a penalty shootout victory over the Seattle Sounders. However, he has not played a single minute of the regular season this year due to a preseason injury.
The club has also taken disciplinary action, with Ochoa announcing on Instagram that he has not been able to practice with the first squad and has instead been forced to train with Real Monarchs, Real Salt Lake’s reserve side.
Its claimed earlier this week that Manchester United, Barcelona, Club America, and Monaco were all interested in Ochoa.
Ochoa is a product of Real Salt Lake’s academy and signed a Homegrown contract in 2018. In 2021, he took over as starting goalkeeper and made 25 appearances.
Ochoa represented the United States at the youth level, but in August 2021 he made a one-time move with FIFA to represent Mexico.