Soccer

Dwayne De Rosario inks extension with Dynamo

Houston Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario agreed Monday to a two-year contract extension through 2010.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario agreed Monday to a two-year contract extension through 2010.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

De Rosario, from Scarborough, Ont., has scored three goals in 12 matches this season for the Dynamo, the defending champions.

"I am definitely pleased about this new deal," De Rosario said. "This is a great organization, and the franchise showed a lot of commitment with this new contract."

"It is always nice to reward people for success," Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear stated. "Dwayne's play has definitely elevated him into elite company of the better players in the league."

"He is the top midfielder in the MLS, period," Dynamo president Oliver Luck claimed. "We're excited Dwayne is in the fold and hopeful he is with us the rest of his career."

De Rosario, a fixture on Canada's national team, will compete July 26 in his second MLS all-star game at Commerce City, Colo.

He was voted the most valuable player in last year's all-star game, a 1-0 victory over Chelsea FC.

"He has shown with Canada and the Dynamo this year that he is an important part of our team," Kinnear said. "If we're serious about making a drive to defend our championship, Dwayne is an important part of that."

"[Signing the extension] is important right now, especially with this month being very hectic in our run for the playoffs and to, hopefully, keep the Cup in Houston," De Rosario said. "I can focus on what I need to do here."

De Rosario has totalled 41 goals and 36 assists in 150 games (113 starts) over seven MLS seasons for the San Jose Earthquakes and Dynamo.

With files from the Canadian Press