After a lackluster 2012 season from Designated Player Hamdi Salihi, D.C. United officially announced that the club will be parting ways with the 29-year-old forward.
Salihi's resume looked impressive when he arrived in D.C. last February. The striker was coming off a three-year stint with top-notch Austrian club Rapid Vienna where he scored 53 goals in 90 total matches (all competitions). Though Salihi appeared to be heating up in May when he scored four times in five games, his production and minutes dramatically declined for the remainder of the season, finishing with six goals in 22 appearances, 10 starts.
Already into the mix with his new club, Jiangsu Sainty of the Chinese Super League, Salihi scored his first goal for the club yesterday in an AFC Champions League match against FC Seoul.
Lance Rozeboom, who was selected in the second round of 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft, did not make any appearances for the club following an ACL tear and reconstruction early in the season.
“I would like to thank both Hamdi and Lance for their time with the club and we wish them all the best in the future,” D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a team press release.