Instead, he said, he didn't hear anything from United officials until midday Tuesday when coach
"I figured all along we'd get it done, regardless of whether they picked up the option," said Quaranta, a 27-year-old Archbishop Curley alumnus who earned about $120,000 this season. "It's disappointing. Done deal, see you later. It's puzzling. It hurts. You put so much into your organization. 'D.C. United' were the first words my [21/2-year-old] son learned."
Quaranta, a forward, joined United in 2001 at age 16 and, after a promising rookie season, struggled with injuries for years.
Quaranta will gauge interest from other MLS clubs ahead of the two-stage re-entry drafts, but with deep family roots in the Washington-Baltimore area, he said he would have to think long and hard about resuming his MLS career elsewhere.
"This place means a lot to me. 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."
United also announced that it has declined the contract options on eight other players: Clyde Simms, Marc Burch, Devon McTavish, Kurt Morsink and Brandon Barklage, Steve Cronin, Jed Zayner and Joseph Ngwenya.