By AVI CREDITOR
D.C. United released midfielder Christian Castillo on Tuesday, signaling the end of a disappointing stint in the nation's capital for the speedy, El Salvadorian left winger.
Castillo, who scored once in U.S. Open Cup play but not in league play, was a hit among the large Salvadorian population in the D.C. area. He was unable to secure a regular spot in Curt Onalfo's lineup, though, since being acquired from Mexican side Leon.
Castillo's hopes at maintaining a roster spot in D.C. took a hit when the team agreed to a deal with its soon-to-be Designated Player, midfielder Branko Boskovic, a couple of weeks ago.
Here are a couple of other news items from MLS:
UNION TRADES THOMAS TO WIZARDS
The Philadelphia Union traded defender Shavar Thomas to the Kansas City Wizards for allocation money and second-round picks in the 2011 and 2012 MLS SuperDrafts. Thomas, who played with Kansas City from 2004-2006, had been selected by the Union from Chivas USA in the expansion draft, but he hardly saw the pitch.
Thomas made one appearance for the Union, coming on in the 56th minute of a loss at Toronto FC.
SAN JOSE TRIMS ROSTER
The San Jose Earthquakes are reportedly releasing Ramon Sanchez and Andrew Weber. The moves could signal more personnel additions for the Quakes, who have already added Sam Cronin to the mix after a trade with Toronto.
Sanchez, the captain of the El Salvador national team, didn't receive much playing time this season, and Weber never cracked the first team.
CHICAGO CUTS MARTINEZ
Julio Martinez was let go by the Chicago Fire, making him the third Salvadorian to be cut from the league. Martinez, who like Castillo was on loan from Leon, played in three games and scored one goal for the Fire.
What are your thoughts about the latest MLS player transactions? Surprised that Castillo couldn't stick in D.C.? Think Thomas will get more playing time in for Kansas City? Hope that the Earthquakes have something big on the horizon? Find it odd that three players from El Salvador were cut?
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