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Concerning “Trading Raul” (Cheap Seats, 2/20), it was a tremendously unfavorable move for D.C. United to trade Raul Diaz Arce, a player from the Salvadoran national team. As the article said, the trade will not hurt the team’s talent as much as it will the team’s fans. D.C. United still has one of the league’s most talented teams without Diaz Arce; however, the trade will affect the fans’ attendance of D.C. United games, especially the attendance of the Salvadoran fans. As a Hispanic fan, I am very sad D.C. United has traded Diaz Arce and have much sympathy toward the Salvadoran people of D.C. MLS should do something about this trade. They have forgotten what made the league successful these past years, which is signing players who are beloved by a large portion of the city’s population. An example is Jorge Campos, a star Mexican goalkeeper, who plays in
Los Angeles. So why would D.C. United trade Diaz Arce, when D.C. has the largest Salvadoran population of all the cities in MLS? All D.C. United can do now is hope that the Salvadoran people’s love of soccer will help them forgive the team for trading Raul and keep them coming to their games.