Whitecaps FC trade defender Alain Rochat to D.C. United

VWFC acquire a second round and conditional draft pick

VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club has acquired D.C. United’s natural second-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, as well as a conditional pick in 2016, from Eastern Conference side D.C. United in exchange for defender Alain Rochat.

“Alain has been an outstanding professional during his tenure in Vancouver,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie. “It is never easy making player personnel moves but when considering all the factors, this is the best move for the club and it is the right time to go in a different direction. We are thankful for the contributions Alain has made to this club and city, and wish him and his family nothing but the best in D.C.”

Born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and raised in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, Rochat initially signed with Whitecaps FC in August 2010 before spending the remainder of the year on loan with Zürich. In over two seasons with Vancouver, the 30-year-old defender scored five goals and added three assists in 67 MLS regular season appearances, made one MLS Cup playoff appearance, and recorded two assists in nine Canadian Championship matches.

TRANSACTION: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS) – trade defender Alain Rochat to D.C. United in exchange for United’s natural second-round selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and a conditional pick in 2016