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D.C. United acquires Josh Wicks in trade with LA Galaxy

Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2009) – D.C. United announced today the club has acquired goalkeeper Josh Wicks from the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. The 25 year-old will report to United’s pre-season training camp in Charleston, South Carolina, where the team is competing in the Carolina Challenge Cup.

“Josh has a lot of qualities that we are excited about,” said United General Manager Dave Kasper. “He is extremely athletic, is a good organizer, and has a big presence in goal. We look forward to what he can bring to our club in the future.”

Wicks signed with the Galaxy in 2008 and made six league appearances (five starts), registering a 1-2-3 record with a 2.18 goals against average. Prior to joining the Galaxy, Wicks spent two seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps (2005 and 2006) and one with the Portland Timbers (2007) of the USL First Division. He helped lead the Whitecaps to the USL championship in 2006 and was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year in 2007 as a member of the Timbers after posting a 13-4-9 record with a 0.60 goals against average.

Wicks played four years at Cal State Bakersfield between 2001-2004. He finished his time at the school as its career leader in several career goalkeeping categories, including most starts (79), minutes played (7,149), saves (358), goals against average (1.01) and shutouts (34). He set single season records for saves (120 in 2002), goals against average (0.59 in 2004), and shutouts (12 in 2004), and was selected to the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) First Team his senior season in 2004.

Player vitals:
Name: Josh Wicks
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Jersey: TBD
Date of Birth: Nov. 1, 1983
Age: 25
Place of Birth: Germany
Hometown: San Bernardino, CA
Citizenship: U.S.
Last Club: Los Angeles Galaxy
Acquired: Acquired on 3/10/09 from the LA Galaxy in exchange for a conditional pick in 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

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