Citing “multiple” unnamed sources, the Post's Steven Goff reports that De Rosario — the Canadian international attacker whose two-and-a-half seasons as the face of the D.C. franchise included an MLS MVP award in 2011 — was informed Wednesday that the club would not exercise the option on his contract and was not planning to offer him a new deal.
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The report indicated that De Rosario, 35, cleared out his locker after meeting with club management.
D.C. United had no comment when contacted Wednesday evening by MLSsoccer.com, but De Rosario posted a photo to his Instagram account of a banner bearing his name and likeness being taken down at RFK Stadium.
"Always appreciated the support from all the fans at RFK," he wrote in the caption. "Some special times with some special players but endings = new beginnings!"
The move comes at the beginning of a roster overhaul for D.C. United, who finished with the fewest wins (three) in MLS history but also qualified for next year’s CONCACAF Champions League when they won the US Open Cup title. Earlier Wednesday, United cut ties with three other veterans older than 30: forwards Lionard Pajoy and Carlos Ruiz and midfielder Marcelo Saragosa.