United acquires defender Andriuškevičius

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

D.C. United acquired defender Vytautas Andriuškevičius in a trade with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday. In exchange for Andriuškevičius, the Timbers are receiving $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).

“Vytas is a defender who fits our profile at full back. He has the technical and athletic ability to get forward and join the attack while also possessing the defensive attributes that will add to the group,” Dave Kasper, United General Manager & VP of Soccer Operations, said. “We are excited to add Vytas to our backline going into the second half of the season at Audi Field as we push for playoffs.”

Vytautas Andriuškevičius playing defense against England in the World Cup Qualifier
Vytautas Andriuškevičius playing defense in a World Cup Qualifier in 2017 (Getty Images)

He signed with the Timbers in July 2016. He appeared in 36 games with Portland and scored one goal.

In 2017, he also made an appearance with Portland Timbers 2, where he played in just one game.

The 27-year-old will be joining his second MLS team. Before coming to the United States, he played for SC Cambuur, where he played from 2014 through 2016. He made 52 appearances and did not score a goal.

Andriuškevičius also made 31 appearances with Djurgårdens IF from 2013 to 2014. He also made 32 appearances with Lechia Gdańsk from 2010 through 2013.

From 2007 through 2010, he appeared in 17 games with FBK Kaunas and scored one goal.

Andriuškevičius will play left back for the United now. He’ll join Taylor Kemp and Oniel Fisher, who was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Sounders FC, as left backs on the D.C. United depth chart.

Kemp, though, is sidelined for the rest of the season after going through surgery for a labrum injury.

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