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
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.
“We thought he would be further along at this point of the season in his adaptation and development,” D.C. general manager Dave
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.