By MITCHELL NORTHAM
Spanish defender Cristian Fernandez was absent from D.C. United’s lineup in their loss on Saturday to the Seattle Sounders due to what head coach Ben Olsen called, “personal issues.” But now it looks like he won’t be returning.
He and the club mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Tuesday, making Fernandez a free agent and allowing him to return to his home country of Spain.
“Cristian was unhappy living in the United States and we have decided it was in everyone’s best interest to release the player from his contract,” D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “We wish him all the best at his next club.”
Fernandez joined the Black-and-Red during the off-season in February and was one of the many players that Kasper and the front office added to the team to improve their bottom of the table record from last season. During his time with the club, Fernandez started 15 games and recorded one assist.
Before joining D.C. United, the left back played for many Spanish clubs including Racing B, Racing Santander and Almeria of La Liga.
Without Fernandez filling out the left back position for D.C. United, Olsen may have to turn to defenders Chris Korb, Taylor Kemp or even homegrown youngster Jalen Robinson, who is currently on loan to their USL Pro affiliate, the Richmond Kickers.