Steven Goff, in today's Washington Post, told the story of Santino Quaranta's past drug addiction and his fight to regain control of his life and career. There are many people here at United that vividly remember the precocious 16-year-old that joined our club in 2001. Tino never liked to learn from others, preferring rather to go about things his way - to live and learn. He was smart beyond his years and, with gleaming eyes and an infectious smile, became a favorite within the organization whether he was scoring goals or showing up late for training.
More than seven years later, Tino, at 23 years-of-age, has returned to D.C. United a man. He's grown and matured in ways I'm unable to even put into words. While his personal war is a lifelong battle, Tino has taken huge strides towards becoming the player and person we all envisioned in 2001. He is a true leader within the team, sharing his guidance and true effort on and off of the field. Following today's admissions, there is no doubting his courage. With his commitment to himself, his family and his team, he's earned the respect of those all around him. He's always had and always will have our support and admiration.