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De Rosario agrees to new D.C. United contract

Canadian international Dwayne DeRosario has agreed to a new contract with D.C. United. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

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Dwayne De Rosario's career year has earned him a new contract with D.C. United.

The attacking midfielder from Toronto, who captured Major League Soccer's most valuable player award last year, signed a contract extension Monday.

"It's nice to be with an organization that has the same goals and ambitions as I," De Rosario said in a statement. "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.

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"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 D.C. area and relive those special moments."

De Rosario made US$493,750 last season when DC United went 9-13-12. The club did not detail his new contract.

The 33-year-old international scored 16 goals and added 11 assists, claiming the Golden Boot at the league's leading scorer en route to becoming the first Canadian to be named MLS MVP.

All this after playing for three teams. The 11-year MLS veteran was bounced from Toronto FC to the New York Red Bulls before finishing the season with DC United.

"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," D.C. United GM Dave Kasper said in a statement. "He is the centrepiece of our team — both on the field and in the locker-room — and we are thrilled he'll be wearing our colours for years to come."

De Rosario scored against all of his former clubs that he played against with D.C. United, including a match-winning goal at Red Bull Arena, a pair of goals versus San Jose and a hat trick against Toronto FC.

The five-time all-star has scored 93 goals in 274 games over his career with San Jose, Houston, Toronto, New York and D.C., and has won four MLS Cups.

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