United, Quaranta Part Ways

Santino Quaranta. Photo: Martin FernandezSantino Quaranta. Photo: Martin Fernandez

DC United did not exercise the option on Santino Quaranta’s contract, leaving the long time DC United player out in the cold. Quaranta, who began his MLS career with DC United when he was only 16 years old will now have to decide weather to call it quits or seek employment in another MLS franchise.

The Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported that Quaranta received word via phone from Ben Olsen.

Santino will gauge interest from other MLS franchises during the upcoming two-stage re-entry drafts, but that he will have to think “long and hard” about playing elswhere because of his deep Washington-Baltimore roots.

“This place means a lot to me.” Santino told Steven, “I’m going to miss all of the supporters, all of the people. It’s hard, but that’s business. I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I figured all along we’d get it done, regardless of whether they picked up the option. It’s disappointing… It hurts…”

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