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D.C. unloads Young DP Rafael
June 26th, 2013 7:26PM

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[MLS TRANSACTIONS] D.C. United has suffered from all kinds of problems in its 2-11-3 campaign that included a 13-game unbeaten streak. Not the least has been that the first-year foreign players it imported have not worked out. The latest: the loan agreement for 20-year-old Brazilian forward Rafael was terminated on Wednesday.

After scoring in his MLS debut, a 2-1 loss to Columbus, Rafael -- D.C. United's first Young Designated Player signing -- went scoreless in his next six appearances for D.C. United.

“We thought he would be further along at this point of the season in his adaptation and development,” D.C. general manager Dave Kaspar said about Rafael in a Q&A on the club’s Web site. “Additionally, Casey Townsend has come into the picture recently with solid play, and Rafa lost playing time as a result. We did not see this changing. In the end, with a looming decision on a big transfer payment for a player on loan, we felt it would be wiser to look to invest funds toward players elsewhere.”

Marcos Sanchez, the only other first-year import to play for D.C. United, lasted less than three months before he was waived, though he started for Panama against the United States in their recent World Cup qualifier.


3 comments
  1. Clayton Davis
    commented on: June 27, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.
    It wasn't a 13 game unbeaten streak. It was a 13 game winless streak.

  1. Kevin Leahy
    commented on: June 27, 2013 at 9:32 a.m.
    This problem goes back to the Kevin Payne era also. Something is really flawed with this club's scouting department. The reason they have been down more often than not the last years is the talent level.

  1. John Foust
    commented on: June 27, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.
    Kevin, concur. Olsen is a passionate player and coach, but injuries and a skimpy roster to begin with make things difficult. But their recent results, 3-1-1 in last 5 games, do lend some ray of hope. However, the loss of Najar seems glaring ...


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