D.C. United has released English midfielder Kasali Yinka Casal, freeing up another senior roster spot. The club had asked Casal to accept a developmental contract, but, according to technical director Dave Kasper, Casal's unwillingness to do that and some homesickness resulted in his departure. Casal is free to pursue European opportunities; United and MLS would not receive compensation if he signs elsewhere. United will retain his MLS rights.
Casal had an assist in the season opener and drew a penalty kick against Chivas USA a few weeks later, but the club was disappointed in his progress in training and, consequently, his playing time dwindled. He played 105 minutes overall and just 12 during one appearance in the past seven matches.
"He has potential, but we needed a senior roster spot, and he just wasn't earning that spot," Kasper said. United had to make the move by this past weekend because contracts became guaranteed Sunday. Casal would have made about $40,000 this season.
Despite the roster opening, Kasper said nothing is imminent in terms of foreign signings or trades.
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