SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls traded midfielder Dave van den Bergh to FC Dallas for forward Dominic Oduro and a second-round selection in this week's MLS draft.
The teams also swapped first round picks in Thursday's draft. The Red Bulls will select 11th before using the 18th overall pick they received in the trade. FC Dallas will select 14th.
"During the past two years with New York, Dave has been a key component to our success. We hoped to bring him back for 2009 but he expressed a desire to be traded to Dallas," Red Bulls sporting director Jeff Agoos said in a statement Tuesday. "In making this trade, we were able to acquire a player in Dominic who we expect to plug into our starting lineup immediately and we are in better position to strengthen the team in the draft."
The 23-year-old Oduro had a career-high five goals and two assists in 25 games, including nine starts. The native of Ghana was originally drafted by Dallas in the second round of the 2006 draft from Virginia Commonwealth.
A former Dutch international, van den Bergh was acquired from the Kansas City Wizards in 2007 for a third-round MLS supplemental draft pick. He scored a career-high seven goals, adding five assists. He tallied the winner in New York's win over Real Salt Lake, giving the organization its first conference championship and MLS Cup Finals berth.
Also Tuesday, the Red Bulls signed forward Macoumba Kandji of Senegal.
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