D.C. United acquire Luciano Acosta in record deal

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D.C. United has acquired midfielder Luciano Acosta on a permanent basis from Boca Juniors, following the completion of a one-year loan, the club has announced.

While the transfer fee was not disclosed, the Major League Soccer club acknowledged that it was a record deal, with the total outlay for the 5-foot-3 midfielder the highest for the team in nearly a decade.

Acosta, 22, will occupy a Designated Player spot for the majority of his contract. Targeted Allocation Money will be used to buy down his salary budget charge for the 2017 season.

Acosta helped the Black-and-Red finish fourth in the Eastern Conference this season, scoring three goals while adding a team-high 11 assists.