In news that the player presumably hinted at last night and the team made official today, Chris Rolfe has been signed to a contract extension with D.C. United. While the team did not mention terms, Goff says the contract is for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, with a club held option for 2018. The contract length is similar to other deals that Dave Kasper has done for players, and replaces the option the team had on Rolfe for next year.
According to the MLS Players' Union, Rolfe is on a $225,000 guaranteed deal this season. Presumably the club, while eating the option now, will maintain Rolfe's services at a reasonable rate, as he would be 35 should the club pick up that 2018 option.
Rolfe's midfield play has been quite good, with a career high 10 goals this season which leads the team. Having him, Kofi Opare and Bill Hamid extended to deals is encouraging in terms of roster stability. Contract discussions with Nick DeLeon are ongoing, and there are rumors that Davy Arnaud will also be returning for 2016, health permitting.
Thoughts on the Rolfe news?