DC United sign Ecuadorian striker Michael Estrada

D.C. United signed the Ecuadorian striker Michael Estrada on loan for one season from Deportivo Toluca FC of Liga MX (Mexico). Los Rojinegros will have the option of a permanent transfer for Estrada following the conclusion of his loan at the end of the 2022 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

“Strengthening our offense has been a priority for us this offseason and we have been closely monitoring the possibility of bringing Michael to the club,” said Dave Kasper, DC United president of soccer operations. “He is a dangerous #9 who we think will be a great addition to our attacking unit, and we are excited to have him on loan for the 2022 season.”

Since arriving in LigaMX in 2020, the 25-year-old has scored 17 goals and registered six assists in 66 appearances in all competitions for Toluca.

“We believe that Michael has the quality to be the top scorer in our league. He is a dynamic player who brings quality on the ball, aerial presence and danger in the box,” said Lucy Rushton, DC United General Manager. “His ability to break lanes with his pace and power, as well as his ability to come in and connect the game, fits perfectly with our style of play and our profile for a player at this position.”

On the international stage, Estrada has been a constant for the Ecuadorian National Team since debuting against Peru in World Cup Qualifying on September 5, 2017. In 28 matches, Estrada has scored eight goals and registered five assists. In her most recent appearance for the Ecuador National Team, Estrada scored the opening goal in a 1-1 draw in a World Cup Qualifier against Peru on February 1, 2022.

Estrada made his professional debut for Macará of the Ecuadorian Serie A on March 10, 2013, in a 1-0 loss to Barcelona SC During his three seasons with Macará, he found the back of the net 22 times in 72 appearances . Estrada then joined El Nacional, where he scored 18 goals in two seasons with the Ecuadorian club, before moving to Independiente del Valle in 2017. He was then transferred to Toluca in Liga MX in 2020 for $3 million, where he has played for the last two years.

Player: Michael Estrada
Position: Forward
Place of birth: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Ecuador country
Date of birth: 04/07/1996
Age: 25
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 172 pounds
Previous Club: Deportivo Toluca Football Club
Status: International
Transaction: DC United acquires forward Michael Estrada on a season-long loan with an option for a permanent transfer in 2023 pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).