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Posted at 9:52 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

D.C. United cuts ties with Pablo Hernandez

By Steve Goff

D.C. United and Argentine forward Pablo Hernandez have parted ways, the club confirmed Friday.

Hernandez, on loan from Defensor Sporting in Uruguay, had one assist in 14 league appearances since his midseason arrival last year. By mutual agreement, the sides terminated the contract, which was to run through the middle of the 2011 season and pay him about $250,000 over the course of the full year -- the second-highest salary on the roster.

"He had a hefty buyout coming in July and it was not possible to renegotiate a future loan or lessen a transfer price, so we have moved on," General Manager Dave Kasper said.

Hernandez, 24, is likely to sign with Argentinos Juniors.

Meantime, Kasper said United is close to acquiring Uruguayan defender Rodrigo Brasesco, who plays in the middle and on the right.

UPDATE: As expected, United has re-signed defensive midfielder Kurt Morsink, who started 18 league matches last season. The club also signed former Chicago Fire defender Daniel Woolard, 26, who was with United in preseason last year and later joined second-tier Carolina.

By Steve Goff  | January 7, 2011; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  Argentina, D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Comments

best of luck to him, but good. he was another wasteful signing.

Posted by: beergorila | January 7, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

He made Alsopp look like Messi. $250,000 for 0 goals. Good move.

Posted by: jerrinna | January 7, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

One assist in 14 matches. I got no problem with this decision.

Posted by: DCB23 | January 7, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Chang,

How much of your money has this clown Dave Kasper tossed away over the past few years?

Posted by: timmy6 | January 7, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Good move. The guy is not a finisher.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | January 7, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

This is a a wonderful move. I never seen a striker scared to kick the ball to the back of the net. Best of luck anyways.

Posted by: bk2erth | January 7, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I thought Hernandez demonstrated considerable technical ability in his brief time here. If anything, I felt that, until Bosko arrived, there was no one up top at that time with enough technical ability and speed to combine effectively with him.

Unlike Castillo. I still can't see what anyone ever saw in that guy.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 7, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

He showed energy, discipline and a high level of professionalism when he was here. I suspect that with the right players around him he will be much more dangerous. All the best to him.

Posted by: KRIKET | January 7, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

OWNTF - Hernandez did demonstrate considerable technical ability, but so did Fred. $250K is too much to pay an MLS forward who doesn't produce. agreed on Castillo.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 7, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully that $250,000 can be used to either sign a veteran central defender or a forward who can finish.

Posted by: no_recess | January 7, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Always thought Hernandez as a withdrawn forward with someone who could score would work, but not a bad move overall.

With this move, here's Chest Rockwell's theory about us acquiring someone... well, not Salgado.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | January 7, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

He showed energy, discipline and a high level of professionalism when he was here. I suspect that with the right players around him he will be much more dangerous. All the best to him.

Posted by: KRIKET | January 7, 2011 10:21 AM

yeah, he was real diciplined and professional when he picked up that red in the USOC game for kicking a Crew player. just the kind of guy I want on my team...

Posted by: VTUnited | January 7, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | January 7, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I liked Hernandez a lot, but his disinterest in taking shots was inexcusable. I always thought he'd be great with a good out-and-out striker, but good out-and-out strikers are born not made.

Pablo cost a lot more $ than he was worth, but I was still hoping to see him break out in 2011. I did notice that Coach Benny did not single him out the other day as a goal-scoring option already on the roster.

Well, back to the drawing board. Or, perhaps, Kasper and Payne are at the drawing board FOR their drawing board.

Posted by: DWE4 | January 7, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Adu will fill that spot nicely once he fails to take hold in 2nd division Germany.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 7, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

yippee!

Posted by: Matte | January 7, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Hmm..I thought Hernandez could have adapted himself much better with the start of a new season rather than half a season with a unstable coaching staff.

O well. I hope United doesn't become the H. Dynamo of the East.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 7, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Hmm..I thought Hernandez could have adapted himself much better with the start of a new season rather than half a season with a unstable coaching staff.

O well. I hope United doesn't become the H. Dynamo of the East.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 7, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I thought Hernandez was great technically and had trouble adjusting to the league (and hoped that year 2 would see more goals). That said, a team with our record and so few guys who are clear goal scorers can't afford to pay $250K to an attacker who doesn't score. This is a wise move and probably frees up money and roster spot for us to go after a goal scorer.

Posted by: JoeW1 | January 7, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Good decision.

Posted by: Pedalada | January 7, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

You can go get 3 more Ngwenyas for 250K and still not put any more goals in the net. Hopefully they have something else in mind.

Hernandez' level of technical ability is far more rare in MLS than size, strength or speed.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 7, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree on releasing a player after half a season, but at 250K he should have made somewhat of an impact by now. If he only would have scored 3 goals he could have been team captain!

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | January 7, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

It's truly amazing how Kasper keeps his job. He has blown Will's money on one bad decision after another. This guy must have the negatives, or something.

Posted by: lgm6986 | January 7, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Kasper and Payne: trying to fix past mistakes with new ones! NO CONFIDENCE VOTE!!!

Posted by: alan19 | January 7, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I actually liked Hernandez, not his fault the rest of the team was piss-poor. After watching him get kicked to the ground and not get a call a few 100 times I am not surprised he didn't want to come back either.

Posted by: rockotodd | January 7, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm no longer convinced that the FO knows how to look for attacking players...or even what to look for for that matter.

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | January 7, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Alan19 is right

Pablo was another in a long list of South American failures at DCU. It's scary to hear that yet another unheard of South American, Braseco is on his way here.

We must immediately divest ourselves of whatever scouting system we have in place in South America. They're not identifying the kind of player that will make a positive impact. It's so bad that it makes one wonder if we're just being played as mugs so that some agent can unload a collection of hapless players.

Is that Paine's fault? Probably not directly, but it is his responsibility to identify a system in place that's yielded so few positive results and a list of failures that you'd need two sets of hands to count.

Is it Kasper's fault? Absolutely. He's identified time and again with the scouting reports and new imports. Clearly, he's not up to identifying good candidates himself and not wise enough to see that his management of the South American scouting is a failure. He. Must. Go.

Posted by: gooner71 | January 7, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@Demon -- SBI has been pushing the DCU trades for #1 pick idea for a some time. I'm sure that doesn't come from nowhere. It probably makes some sense for DC, which seems to lack imagination and scouting. Much easier to grab one of the two can't-miss players.

The only questions being how long Nagbe and Kitchen will be in MLS and what DCU would give up in exchange. The team lost the game of chicken with Nowak last year and gave up more than they should have. I fear a repeat. Reminds me of the NY Giants who gave up a lot to swap Manning for Rivers (the #1 pick of the #4 -- yeah, the Giants DID win a Super Bowl but not convinced they ended up with the better player...and that's without factoring in the sweeteners the Giants packaged for the Chargers). Moving up two slots is worth something, but how much is a big question.

Posted by: fischy | January 7, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Not fitting in or not finding your form does not equal no talent.

Posted by: JkR- | January 7, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Pablo was a really good player, and he would have done well this year as part of a true attacking unit. Couldn't carry the team on his back, true, but he was a much better addition than Alsopp (and maybe Boskovic too). It's too bad he was going to be that expensive.

Posted by: adamsmorgan | January 7, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Pablo was also a bit of a diver. Tino already has that covered, we don't need more of a bad thing. Good move United. Keep it coming.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 7, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Pablo had sound technical ability but I always thought that the league was a bit too fast and physical for him. Could he have adapted? Well, now we'll never know. One thing is for sure he cost a lot (250K) and would have cost even more (transfers and whatnot). Say what you want about the FO, but I think they got this one right.

Thanks, Pablo, for your services. Good luck, man.

Posted by: Kosh2 | January 7, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

61 days until United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 7, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Pablo was a gifted (for last year's squad) player who didn't get the support he needed from the rest of the team. I'm guessing that the front office has someone else in mind, otherwise it would have made sense to see how he fit in at the start of this season before dropping him.

Oh, and "for last year's squad" isn't saying too much.

Posted by: Curious99 | January 7, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Adu will fill that spot nicely once he fails to take hold in 2nd division Germany.

Posted by: benonthehill

'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
Are you beeing sarcastic?

I'd a TRIAL for Adu at United. This time he would come as a regular guy instead of the Messiah of US soccer.

I wonder what his problem is. Is he lazy? Is he simply not intellectually gifted? Has he matured at all? How old is he now?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 7, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Does he (Adu) smoke crack?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 7, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Why? Are you looking for someone to smoke crack with?

Posted by: fischy | January 8, 2011 1:09 AM | Report abuse

@ Fischy COL (Chuckle-Out-Loud)

Speaking of crack, Scunthorp getting hammered by Everton 3-1 in FA Cup.

In the Scotish FA Cup, Peterhead and St. Mirrin are still looking to score. It appears that after 70 mins of (for)play, Peterhead has not been able to penitrate.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 8, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Well... in?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 8, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to Pablo the Dud. Too bad we re-signed Morsink the Mediocre.

Posted by: Ron16 | January 8, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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