Whitecaps and MLS drive Alain Rochat off of the continentJuly 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps | 3 Comments
The news came recently that former Whitecap Alain Rochat has left DC United and gone back to Switzerland for a fee of $500,000. The Vancouver Whitecaps traded Rochat to DC United against his wishes, and just as his wife was set to give birth, about a month and a half or so ago. Rochat was not consulted, and was not pleased with the trade. The Whitecaps received a Measly pair of draft picks in exchange for this fine footballer.
Rochat did not settle in DC, which can come as no surprise given his family situation, and is on his bike back home.
This is a very bad result indeed for Whitecaps and MLS fans. Rochat is a quality footballer even if his form dipped a bit this year, and one well worth watching as a paying fan. The Whitecaps and MLS should be trying to retain such talent, not driving it off of the continent. Even if I could no longer see the player in a Whitecaps jersey, I would be happy to see him playing in the league because he has a lot of finesse and class as a player.
The fact Rochat has left the MLS is a very poor result for everyone concerned, especially for football fans.