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By DAN KARELL
Since making his wishes clear to leave the club, D.C. United has made the departure of defender Alain Rochat official.
The 30-year-old defender, acquired from the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 6, has transferred to BSC Young Boys in Switzerland. Per team and league policy, terms and conditions of the deal were not disclosed.
Rochat’s time in America’s capital was not a happy one. Following his trade from the Whitecaps, the Canadian-born Swiss-raised player ripped the Major League Soccer trading scheme as “not human.” While at D.C. United, Rochat made five appearances, four of them starts, mostly at left back.
“We would like to thank Alain for his time with the club,” D.C. United GM Dave Kasper said in a press release on the team website. “He is a quality player and person. While this move provides substantial resources to assist in continued development of our roster, it also allowed us to honor the players wish to return home to play professionally.”
With the move back to Switzerland, Rochat rejoins his former team, playing with Young Boys between 2002 and 2005. The former Switzerland international first joined MLS in 2011, signing on with the Whitecaps in their first season in the league and making 67 appearances with the club.
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