D.C. United sign Miguel Berry from the Columbus Crew

Columbus SC player Miguel Berry is set to join D.C. United.
Columbus SC player Miguel Berry is set to join D.C. United. / Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/GettyImages

D.C. United have acquired forward Miguel Berry in a trade with the Columbus Crew for up to $325,000 in General Allocation Money.

The Columbus Crew will receive $225,000 in guaranteed GAM, and an additional $100,000 should Berry meet the required performance-based incentives. The Crew also retained a portion of any future trade fee within Major League Soccer as part of the deal.

“Miguel has shown his talent and his ability to be a top finisher in this league over the past two seasons and we are excited to see him continue to develop under Wayne,” Lucy Rushton, D.C. United general manager, said in a release. “His size, athleticism and goal-scoring ability will be a great addition to the roster as we head into a critical point in the season. We welcome him to the club and are looking forward to integrating him with the roster.”

Berry departs the Crew with 10 goals and two assists in 34 regular-season appearances and joins D.C. United to give newly appointed head coach Wayne Rooney another option up top. 

“We are grateful for Miguel’s contributions to the club during his time in Columbus,” Columbus president & general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a release.

“For three seasons, Miguel has been a great teammate and a consummate professional. We are proud of his development since he was drafted in 2020. With our current striker corps, ultimately, we felt this trade would prove beneficial for both the club and for Miguel. We wish him all the best as he takes this next step of his career in D.C.”

D.C. United could use the boost, as they sit in last place of the Eastern Conference table with 18 points in 19 games. The team saw a turbulent start to their 2022 campaign, balancing ongoing injuries and the dismissal of former head coach Hernan Losada just eight weeks into the season. 

The team now returns to action on Saturday when hosting CF Montreal at Audi Field.