D.C. United has terminated the contract of Australian striker Danny Allsopp. The club announced the move in a statement this morning.
“We would like to thank Danny for his contributions to D.C. United and we wish him well in the future,” club general manager Dave Kasper said in the statement. Allsopp had one more year remaining on his United contract.
United signed Allsopp from Qatari club Al-Rayyan this past January. Despite being described by United President and CEO Kevin Payne on his signing as "an athletic forward with a nose for the goal," Allsopp only scored five goals in 23 games this season, a less-than-ideal strike rate.
Where Allsopp will go next after his release from United is unclear, though the Australian website au.fourfourtwo.com is reporting that Australian club side Melbourne Victory has been in contract talks with Allsopp.
Allsopp is a native of Melbourne who is the third-leading all-time scorer in the A-League, Australia's top pro soccer league. Between 1998 and 2005, Allsopp was also the property of English clubs Manchester City, Notts County, and Hull City. He returned to Melbourne to play for Victory in 2005, where he scored a total of 46 goals in 107 appearances. He was similarly profitable for Al-Rayyan, scoring 8 goals in 15 appearances in his one season there.
Allsopp also has received three international caps from his native Australia, though he has not scored for his country and was described by Australian national team coach Pim Verbeek as "absolutely hopeless" after a 2009 goalless draw against Indonesia in the Asian Cup