Dwayne De Rosario

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Dwayne De Rosario
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Personal information
Full name Dwayne Anthony De Rosario
Date of birth (1978-05-15) May 15, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder, forward
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 14
Youth career
Malvern Majors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Toronto Lynx 7 (3)
1997–1999 FSV Zwickau 12 (1)
1999–2000 Richmond Kickers 35 (17)
2001–2005 San Jose Earthquakes 108 (27)
2006–2008 Houston Dynamo 78 (24)
2009–2011 Toronto FC 57 (27)
2011 New York Red Bulls 13 (2)
2011–2013 D.C. United 68 (23)
2014– Toronto FC 19 (1)
National team
1996–1997 Canada U20 8 (5)
1999–2000 Canada U23 11 (3)
1998– Canada 78 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 21, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 19, 2013

Dwayne Anthony De Rosario (born May 15, 1978) is a Canadian soccer player who plays for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer. He is the all-time leading scorer for the Canadian national team,[2] a four-time MLS Cup champion, the 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player, and four-time Canadian Player of the Year. As part of the Canadian Soccer Association's 2012 centennial celebration, he was honoured on the all-time Canada XI men's team.[3]

Personal[edit]

De Rosario is the son of Guyanese immigrants to Canada.[4] He adopted a strict vegan diet in 1994,[5] but started eating fish ten years later.[6] He is married to Brandy De Rosario and has two sons and a daughter. His cousin is Olympic hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep.[7] He attended Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Ontario. He currently resides in the Toronto area.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

De Rosario began his career in 1997 at the age of 18, signing with the Toronto Lynx of the A-League. Halfway through the season, however, De Rosario opted to change clubs, signing with German side FSV Zwickau. After two seasons with Zwickau, De Rosario opted to return to North America, signing with the Richmond Kickers in 1999. After a slow 1999 season, in which he registered two goals and five assists, De Rosario exploded in 2000, contributing 15 goals and five assists while leading the team to a 20–6–1 record.

San Jose Earthquakes (2001–2005)[edit]

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The next season, when Canadian Frank Yallop was named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes, De Rosario was one of his first acquisitions. De Rosario proved Yallop's judgment right, scoring five goals and four assists in only 1,072 minutes for the Earthquakes in 2001, playing an important role as the team went on to win the MLS Cup; he scored the golden goal in the final and was named MLS Cup MVP. De Rosario had similar success in 2002, registering four goals and eight assists in 1,637 minutes, though the Quakes fell short of a repeat. In 2003, a torn ACL hobbled De Rosario for much of the season but he still managed to make a late surge, registering four goals and three assists in only 686 minutes and helping lead the team to a second MLS Cup championship. De Rosario played 1,214 minutes in 2004, scoring five goals, including the 2004 MLS Goal of the Year, and three assists.

In December 2004 Dwayne had a trial with Nottingham Forest,[8] but he was not offered a contract by the team.

In 2005, following Landon Donovan's departure, De Rosario moved to midfield and promptly led MLS in assists with 13, while scoring nine goals, including the 2005 MLS Goal of the Year – the only player ever to receive that honour in two consecutive years – for a powerful bending free kick in the last regular season game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. He was named to the MLS Best XI.

Houston Dynamo (2006–2008)[edit]

Dwayne De Rosario in training with Houston Dynamo

Due to San Jose's failure to reach a stadium agreement with AEG, De Rosario, along with the rest of his Earthquakes teammates, moved to Houston for the 2006 season. During the 2006 MLS All-Star Game in Chicago, De Rosario scored the only goal of the game in the 70th minute to lift the MLS All Stars to a 1–0 win over Chelsea, a pre-season friendly for the London club. De Rosario was one of only four players on the MLS team to play the entire match.

De Rosario and the Houston Dynamo captured the 2006 MLS Cup title by beating the New England Revolution on November 12, 2006. The Dynamo won in a shootout, and De Rosario successfully converted his penalty kick. De Rosario signed a contract extension with Houston through 2010, where he was reported to make $325,000 per year. He was later transferred to Toronto before the end of his contract.[9]

The next year, De Rosario and the Dynamo repeated the feat by winning the 2007 MLS Cup, beating New England 2–1. De Rosario was named MLS Cup MVP, the first player ever to win the award twice.

De Rosario made his third consecutive all-star appearance at the 2008 MLS All-Star Game in his home country, when the game was held in Toronto. He scored the decisive goal on a penalty kick in the 69th minute in the MLS All-Stars' 3–2 victory over West Ham United.

Toronto FC (2009–2011)[edit]

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De Rosario was traded to Toronto FC on December 12, 2008 in return for Julius James and allocation money, after long speculation that De Rosario would move to his hometown club.[10] He made his competitive debut for Toronto FC on Saturday, March 21 against the Kansas City Wizards, setting up Jim Brennan for Toronto's first goal in a 3–2 victory. He scored his first goal for Toronto from a header in a 1–1 draw at BMO Field against FC Dallas.

De Rosario was expected to miss the first two to four weeks of Toronto FC's training camp due to a calf injury obtained in the January 31, 2010 match against Jamaica,[11] and returned to game action in Toronto's 1–0 preseason win versus the University of South Florida.[12]

On April 8, 2010, De Rosario was named captain of Toronto FC, the second in the club's history, after the retirement of Jim Brennan.[13] Two days later, De Rosario scored his first goal of the 2010 season, his team's first, in a 4–1 loss to the New England Revolution.[14]

On April 15, 2010, De Rosario scored twice in Toronto's 2–1 home opener win against the Philadelphia Union.[15] In his next game versus the Colorado Rapids, De Rosario scored his fourth goal of the season, and more importantly, became Toronto FC's all time leading scorer in the regular season.[16] De Rosario again found the back of the net on April 25 in a 2–0 home win against Seattle Sounders FC, scoring the first goal, his fifth of the season. Until O'Brian White scored the second goal for Toronto, De Rosario had previously scored all of Toronto's goals up until that point in the season.[17] For his efforts in that game, he was awarded the MLS Player of the Week for week 5.[18] De Rosario was again honoured with the Player of the Week award on week 10 of the MLS season, for his two-goal performance against his former team the San Jose Earthquakes. De Rosario had scored the second and third goal in Toronto FC's 3–1 win.[19]

De Rosario continued to have a successful 2010 season for Toronto, culminating in a spot on the MLS All-Star team, scoring a goal in the 5–2 loss to Manchester United.[20]

On August 3, 2010, De Rosario scored against C.D. Motagua in the second leg of Toronto FC's CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round tie, which at the time, put TFC ahead on 2–1 on aggregate. They would eventually win 3–2 on aggregate.[21]

On December 28, De Rosario was confirmed to be on trial with Scottish Premier League club Celtic by manager Neil Lennon.[22] Dwayne and Celtic inquired about the possibility of a short term loan deal until the MLS season kicks off in March, however new Toronto FC coach Aron Winter and the league denied any further negotiations.[23]

De Rosario scored the first Toronto goal of the 2011 season on March 19 in a 4–2 away defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in what was the league's first all Canadian match up. The goal scored in the 20th minute was also the 8000th goal scored in Major League Soccer's history.[24]

New York Red Bulls (2011)[edit]

New York Red Bulls acquired De Rosario on April 1, 2011 in exchange for midfielder Tony Tchani, defender Danleigh Borman and a first round 2012 MLS SuperDraft pick.[25] He scored his first goal for New York on a penalty, as the second goal, in a 3–2 loss to Chivas USA.[26]

D.C. United (2011–2013)[edit]

De Rosario is challenged by Rich Balchan in a 2011 regular season match

D.C. United acquired De Rosario on June 27, 2011, in exchange for midfielder Dax McCarty.[27] He scored his first goal for the club against his former club New York Red Bulls on his return to Red Bull Arena. On July 30, 2011 his double gave United a 2–0 victory over former club, San Jose. On August 6, 2011 he led United to a 3–3 draw against Toronto F.C. with his hat-trick. All three goals were scored while United played with ten men following an early ejection of goalkeeper Bill Hamid. His second hat-trick was recorded on September 25, 2011 as he recorded all three goals in the span of 9 minutes, setting another MLS record.[28] De Rosario completed the season with a total of 16 goals and 12 assists over 32 games. Of those, 13 goals and 7 assists were made during his 17 games with United.[29]

Return to Toronto FC (2014–present)[edit]

After having his option declined by DC United, De Rosario returned to Toronto FC on December 18, 2013, after being chosen in the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft.[30] He officially signed with the club on January 9, 2014.[31]

International[edit]

De Rosario is considered to be one of the better players of the Canadian national team[by whom?], playing either at forward or midfield. He received his first cap May 18, 1998 against FYR Macedonia at the age of 20. He also played for the Canadian U-20 team in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, the XIII Pan American Games Winnipeg 1999 (Canada U-22), and helped Canada contend for the Gold Cup since the year they won it, 2000. Scored his first CMNT goal in a 2–1 win over Korea in the 2002 Gold Cup.

In 2007, De Rosario won the male Canadian Player of the Year award making it three consecutive years receiving the honour. In 2007, he scored five goals in eight games, the most in a year for the CMNT since John Catliff in 1993.

De Rosario was picked for his first CONCACAF Gold Cup in four years, after being selected by coach Stephen Hart in late May 2011 for the 23 man tournament roster. After a disappointing, 2–0 defeat to United States in the opening game of the group Canada failed to exit the group with a 1–1–1 record, they only managed to score two goals both from De Rosario at the penalty spot.[32] De Rosario continued his goal scoring for with two goals in the opening stage of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, one came against Saint Lucia in early September and the other against Saint Kitts and Nevis in mid November. His goal against Saint Kitts, was his 19th international goal which tied him as Canadian all-time top goal scorer with Dale Mitchell.[33] On December 14, De Rosario was awarded 2011 Canadian Player of the Year receiving 47.7% of the vote, Simeon Jackson in second and Josh Simpson finishing in third. This is the fourth time De Rosario has been honoured with this award.[34][35] On September 7, 2012 De Rosario scored his 20th goal for Canada in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Panama making him the all-time leading goal scorer for Canada.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 December 2013

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Canada League A-League playoffs North America Other Total
Toronto Lynx A-League 1997 7 3 7 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFL-Ligapokal Europe Other Total
FSV Zwickau 2. Bundesliga 1997–98 12 1 1 0 13 1
United States League U.S. Open Cup League playoffs North America SuperLiga Total
Richmond Kickers A-League 1999 12 2 1 0 13 2
2000 23 15 2 0 3 0 28 15
San Jose Earthquakes MLS 2001 21 5 3 1 4 2 28 8
2002 27 4 2 1 2 0 4 0 35 5
2003 11 4 3 0 14 4
2004 21 5 3 0 2 0 26 5
2005 28 9 2 0 2 0 32 9
Houston Dynamo 2006 30 11 3 1 4 0 37 12
2007 24 6 4 2 4 0 3 1 35 9
2008 24 7 2 0 7 3 5 2 38 12
Canada League Canadian Championship MLS Playoffs North America SuperLiga Total
Toronto FC MLS 2009 28 11 4 3 2 0 34 14
2010 27 15 4 1 8 1 39 17
2011 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
United States League U.S. Open Cup MLS Playoffs North America Other Total
New York Red Bulls MLS 2011 13 2 0 0 0 0 13 2
D.C. United 18 13 18 13
2012 26 7 0 0 1 0 27 7
2013 24 3 5 5 0 0 29 8
Canada League Canadian Championship MLS Playoffs North America Total
Toronto FC MLS 2014 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Career totals Canada 71 30 11 5 0 0 10 1 0 0 92 36
Germany 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
United States 290 91 17 8 31 4 14 3 8 3 361 109
Career statistics 373 122 29 13 31 4 24 4 8 3 465 146

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 February 2, 2002 Rose Bowl, Pasadena  South Korea 2–1 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 October 15, 2002 Easter Road, Edinburgh  Scotland 1–3 Friendly
3 October 11, 2003 Ratina Stadion, Tampere  Finland 2–3 Friendly
4 June 16, 2004 Richardson Memorial Stadium, Kingston  Belize 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 June 16, 2004 Richardson Memorial Stadium, Kingston  Belize 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 October 13, 2004 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby  Costa Rica 1–3 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 November 17, 2004 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City  Guatemala 1–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 June 1, 2007 Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Táchira  Venezuela 2–2 Friendly
9 June 11, 2007 Orange Bowl, Miami  Haiti 2–0 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
10 June 11, 2007 Orange Bowl, Miami  Haiti 2–0 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11 June 16, 2007 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough  Guatemala 3–0 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
12 September 12, 2007 BMO Field, Toronto  Costa Rica 1–1 Friendly
13 January 30, 2008 Stade Louis Achille, Fort-de-France  Martinique 1–0 Friendly
14 June 20, 2008 Saputo Stadium, Montreal  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 June 20, 2008 Saputo Stadium, Montreal  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 June 11, 2011 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa  Guadeloupe 1–0 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
17 June 14, 2011 Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City  Panama 1–1 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
18 September 2, 2011 BMO Field, Toronto  Saint Lucia 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
19 November 15, 2011 BMO Field, Toronto  Saint Kitts and Nevis 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
20 September 7, 2012 BMO Field, Toronto  Panama 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Canada[edit]

San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

D.C. United[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "De Rosario's becomes Canada's all-time leading goalscorer". TSN. September 7, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.canadasoccer.com/association-announces-all-time-canada-xi-men-s-team-p150746&t=article_canadasoccer100
  4. ^ "MLS Player of the Week: Week Five". Soccacritics. May 8, 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
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  6. ^ [1][dead link]
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  9. ^ "Dwayne De Rosario inks extension with Dynamo". Cbc.ca. July 9, 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ Fallas, Bernardo (December 12, 2008). "Dynamo trade star midfielder De Rosario to Toronto". Chron.com. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
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  22. ^ "Dwayne De Rosario joins Freddie Ljungberg on trial at Celtic – ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. December 28, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
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  27. ^ "D.C. United acquires five-time MLS All-Star Dwayne De Rosario". D.C. United. June 27, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
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  29. ^ "Statistics". D.C. United. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  30. ^ Larson, Kurtis (December 13, 2013). "TFC selects Dwayne De Rosario in re-entry draft | Toronto FC | Sports". Toronto Sun. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  31. ^ http://www.torontofc.ca/news/2014/01/toronto-signs-dwayne-de-rosario
  32. ^ "Late goal gives Panama 1–1 draw with Canada". CONCACAF. June 14, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  33. ^ Scianitti, Matthew (November 18, 2011). "Canada's Dwayne De Rosario wins MLS MVP award". National Post. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  34. ^ De Rosario is male selection for 2011 BMO Canadian Players of the Year Award – Canadian Soccer Association
  35. ^ "De Rosario is male selection for 2011 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award". Canadian Soccer. December 14, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Brennan
Toronto FC Captain
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Maicon Santos