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DC United releases striker Pablo Hernandez

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Steve Goff confirmed today that Hernandez, who had 0 goals in 14 league matches and only managed to score his one goal from the penalty spot in the Open Cup, is no longer with DC. Goff quotes Kasper as saying that Club Defensor Sporting was unwilling to extend the loan past July. Keeping Hernandez would apparently have involved a fairly high transfer fee, so the decision was made to cut ties. While Hernandez had some obvious skill with the ball and appeared to reach a rather quick understanding with Branko Boskovic, he had major troubles as a finisher and also didn't get himself into scoring positions often enough. The case could be made that Hernandez hasn't yet figured out whether he wants to be a forward or a playmaker. In spite of his abilities, I doubt many United fans will be bothered much to see Hernandez on the way out, especially as he had the second-highest salary on the team.