D.C. United has released Marcos Sanchez, a Panamanian midfielder who started six games but had little impact on MLS’s lowest-scoring attack.

With Sanchez reporting to Panama’s national team this week for a friendly and three World Cup qualifiers, United decided the time was right to cut ties. He had been on a season-long loan from Panamanian club Tauro.

Sanchez, 23, started against Portland last weekend but left at halftime and did not accompany the team to Richmond for the U.S. Open Cup match Tuesday.

Sanchez displayed quickness on the flanks but didn’t pass well and seemed to regress as the season unfolded. This week’s signing of veteran free agent Sainey Nyassi, a fleet-footed wing, spelled the end for Sanchez.

United, which is 1-9-2 with six goals scored, remains in the market for additional new players. D.C. will visit the Chicago Fire (2-7-2) on Sunday.