DC United Releases Rafael

Published On July 1, 2013 | By Daily Fantasy Source | Fantasy Soccer News, Soccer

DC United has parted ways with their young Brazilian Designated Player Rafael. The striker had just joined the team this summer and seemed to solidify DC’s strike force. However, the Brazilian fell out of favor with DC coach Ben Olsen and has only played 31 minutes in the last seven games for DC United. “Again, you don’t know how these guys adapt,” Olsen said. “You watch them and you have an idea about them and they come and, do they grow? Some take two weeks and all of a sudden they click with another forward or your team.”

Olsen did not fully put the blame on Rafael though, saying: “I will say this: We weren’t a great team, either. We didn’t give him the greatest service when he was in there, we didn’t give him a lot of chance to have success. I didn’t give him more than two, three, four real games to really give him a full chance.”

United general manager Dave Kasper put a different spin on things: “We thought he would be further along at this point of the season in his adaptation and development. 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.”

Olsen closed things up by wishing the best to his old forward, saying: “I thought the contract was set up in the right way where if it didn’t work out, we could get out of it and he could find an opportunity. Because he’s a very young, talented forward and the last thing he needs to do is be sitting on the bench.”

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