A month after acquiring defender-midfielder Alain Rochat from Vancouver, D.C. United has sold him to Swiss club Young Boys for more than $500,000, sources familiar with the deal told the Insider on Tuesday.
Rochat, 30, made five regular season appearances with United (four starts), primarily at left back, and brought experience and stability to a club suffering the worst year in its history. Upon his arrival, however, he voiced displeasure about the way the Whitecaps handled his situation and about having to relocate. His wife was pregnant — she has since given birth to their fourth child — and he visited her several times in Vancouver since the trade.
United had relinquished a 2015 MLS second-round draft pick and a 2016 conditional pick in the trade. However, his short stay in Washington voided the conditional selection, a source said. So in the end, United ended up bolstering its wallet for a second-rounder. (Think of it as flipping a house on short notice.)
Coach Ben Olsen and General Manager Dave Kasper did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Rochat was born in Canada but grew up in Switzerland and played for Young Boys from 2002 to 2005.