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Tom Soehn's thoughts on Casal and the trade.....

"We had a lot of conversations on being a two-way player and the importance of [Casal's] defensive responsibility. We saw a lot of potential, and that's why we brought him in, and the inconsistencies...he'd play reserve games and instead of being one of the best guys on the field, he had highs and lows all the time. It's always up to us to manage our roster and reward guys who needed to be rewarded. We wanted him to take a lower salary and he wasn't prepared to do that. We don't want to stand in his way of if he's going to have an opportunity somewhere else. He's a good kid. The relationship we had with him, he understood what was expected of him and he liked the organization, but felt he wanted to go search other opportunities."

"One of the attractive things about Greg is his experience and his ability to organize. We've lacked a little bit of that -- a veteran guy in the back that is going to make our shape better. If you look at the chances we've given away, a lot of it is our shape and I think he's going to help Bobby in a lot of respects and teach him and Bobby can emulate some of the things he does. We wanted to make sure we had a backline that was experienced, because we haven't had that in a while. We lost that with Nellie a little bit."

"Veteran guys have a habit of making the guys around them better, and we really needed that. That's no discredit to Facundo. Facundo was a great member of our team and our organization, and right up until our last conversation, he was the utmost pro. We lost a good person, but as a coach you always have to look at your organization and make sure you are doing the things to give yourself the best possibility of winning. We really felt like if we added a veteran -- obviously him being an American helps -- it was important."

By Steve Goff  |  July 2, 2007; 3:11 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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