McDonald joins Real Salt Lake after spending the last two years with D.C., where he made 63 regular season appearances, 62 starts, scored three goals and registered five assists. The 27-year-old McDonald has 137 career regular season appearances, 126 starts, seven goals and nine assists in five plus seasons in MLS.
McDonald will provide much needed help in RSL's defensive backfield, with Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Chris Schuler and Carlos Salcedo all out with injuries. Watson-Siriboe is out for the season with a torn ACL.
A Phoenix native, McDonald grew up playing youth soccer with RSL forward Robbie Findley and spent over a year as midfielder Khari Stephenson’s roommate while both played with the San Jose Earthquakes.
“With the injuries we have had to our center backs we felt it was important to add a talented experienced center back and we got that with Brandon,” Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Lagerwey said. “We expect him to be a good fit for us both on and off the field as we continue to try and improve our team.”
In order to make room for McDonald on the roster, Real Salt Lake has moved defender Rich Balchan to the Disabled List. Balchan hasn’t played since undergoing shoulder surgery in May.
McDonald will be available for selection on Saturday, when RSL will host Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City at 8:00 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium. The game will be televised on CW30.