De Rosario inks new United deal

D.C. United announced on Monday that the club has signed 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario to a new contract.

The 33-year-old is coming off the best season of his career as he netted 16 goals and assisted on 11 more en route to winning the 2011 Golden Boot as the league's top scorer.

"Dwayne proved last year that is he is the best player in Major League Soccer and we are pleased to have signed him to a deal that will see his stay in DC extended beyond 2012," said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper. "He is the centerpiece of our team - both on the field and in the locker room - and we are thrilled he'll be wearing our colors for years to come."

De Rosario spent time with three teams in MLS last season, opening the campaign with Toronto FC before being moved to Red Bull New York in April.

But his season really took off after being acquired by United in June for Dax McCarty as the Canada international netted 13 goals with seven assists upon arriving in D.C.

"It's nice to be with an organization that has the same goals and ambitions as I," said De Rosario. "D.C. United has a very rich history and one that we want to relive in the near future - hopefully we can start this year. It's a great feeling to be associated with the United family. Ever since I came here, the organization and the fans have accepted me as part of the family, and I want to keep this family growing all across the DC area and relive those special moments."