Dwayne De Rosario
|Full name||Dwayne Anthony De Rosario|
|Date of birth||May 15, 1978|
|Place of birth||Scarborough, Ontario, Canada|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Current club||D.C. United|
|2001–2005||San Jose Earthquakes||108||(27)|
|2011||New York Red Bulls||13||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 1, 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Dwayne Anthony De Rosario (born May 15, 1978) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer. He also plays for, and is the all-time leading scorer for, the Canadian national team, a four time Canadian Player of the Year and the 2011 MLS MVP.
De Rosario is the son of Guyanese immigrants to Canada. He adopted a strict vegan diet in 1994, but started eating fish ten years later. He is married to Brandy De Rosario and has two sons and a daughter. His cousin is Olympic hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep. He attended Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Ontario. He currently resides in Ashburn, VA with his family.
Club career 
Early career 
De Rosario began his career in 1997 at the age of 18, signing with the Toronto Lynx of the A-League, where his future Canadian national team teammate Paul Stalteri had played. 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 
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 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 honor 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 
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.
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 
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. 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, and returned to game action in Toronto's 1–0 preseason win versus the University of South Florida.
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. 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.
On April 15, 2010, De Rosario scored twice in Toronto's home opener, a 2–1 win against the Philadelphia Union, including a penalty in the 81st minute. 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. 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. For his efforts in that game, he was awarded the MLS Player of the Week for week 5. 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.
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.
On December 28, De Rosario was confirmed to be on trial with Scottish Premier League club Celtic by manager Neil Lennon. 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.
De Rosario scored the first Toronto FC goal of the 2011 season on March 19 in a 4–2 away defeat to Vancouver 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.
New York Red Bulls 
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. He scored his first goal for New York on a penalty, as the second goal, in a 3–2 loss to Chivas USA.
D.C. United 
D.C. United acquired De Rosario on June 27, 2011, in exchange for midfielder Dax McCarty. 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. 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. His impressive performance with United brought him into contention to earn the MLS MVP. After United's second-to-last regular season match against the Portland Timbers, Timbers head coach John Spencer took a strong stance.
If [De Rosario] doesn't get MVP of the league, there's something wrong. Plain and simple. For the last three months of the season since he came here he’s been the best player in the league by far – a country mile. He needs to win MVP.
After season's end and De Rosario being named to the MVP shortlist Henry made a big statement about Dwayne's ability.
In this league I haven't seen anybody better than Dwayne De Rosario...For me, he’s the face of this league
On November 18, 2011 it was announced that De Rosario had officially been named Major League Soccer's MVP for the 2011 season, meaning that he won the individual double of league MVP and Golden Boot winner. By doing so, De Rosario became the first individual from a team that did not make the play-offs to be named league MVP.
Clutch performer 
Throughout his career in MLS, De Rosario has earned a reputation as one of the most clutch performers in the league. His career tally includes two game-winning goals in MLS Cup finals, both for which he received MLS Cup MVP, and two game-winning goals in MLS All-Star games against foreign oppositions such as West Ham United. On June 18, 2009, he scored a natural hat trick to put Toronto FC ahead of the Montreal Impact 3–1. Toronto had to win the game by four goals to win the Canadian Championship and move onto the CONCACAF Champions League, which they did after defeating Montreal 6–1. On September 18, 2010 after a horrible first half away at Houston down 1–0 Dwayne was able to score two unanswered goals in the second half both coming from free kicks including one in stoppage time to keep the team's 2010 playoff dreams alive. As of 2011, De Rosario has the most MLS Best XI selections at 6.
De Rosario is considered to be one of the better players of the Canadian national team, 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. 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. 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. 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. At the end 2012 De Rosario scored 20 goals in 71 games.
Career statistics 
Club statistics 
As of 31 March 2012[update]
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Canada||League||—||A-League playoffs||North America||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|
|San Jose Earthquakes||MLS||2001||21||5||3||1||4||2||—||28||8|
|Canada||League||Canadian Championship||MLS Playoffs||North America||SuperLiga||Total|
|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|
International goals 
San Jose Earthquakes 
- Major League Soccer MLS Cup (2): 2001, 2003
- Major League Soccer Supporters Shield (1): 2005
- Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (1): 2003
Houston Dynamo 
- Major League Soccer MLS Cup (2): 2006, 2007
- Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (2): 2006, 2007
Toronto FC 
- MLS Most Valuable Player: 2011
- MLS Golden Boot: 2011
- MLS Best XI (6): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
- MLS Goal of the Year (2): 2004, 2005
- MLS Cup Most Valuable Player (2): 2001, 2007
- Toronto FC Player of the Year: 2009
- Canadian Player of the Year (4): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011
- Canadian Championship Golden Boot (2): 2009, 2010
- George Gross Memorial Trophy (2): 2009, 2010
Only Player in MLS history to score 20 league goals for 4 different clubs
See also 
- "De Rosario's becomes Canada's all-time leading goalscorer". TSN. September 7, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
- "MLS Player of the Week: Week Five". Soccacritics. May 8, 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- Kluepfel, Brian (November 9, 2001). "Dwayne DeRosario: Message from the Yards". Vrg.org. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- [dead link]
- "SLAM! Sports". Slam.canoe.ca. August 20, 2008. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- "Forest end interest in De Rosario". BBC News. December 22, 2004. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "Dwayne De Rosario inks extension with Dynamo". Cbc.ca. July 9, 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- Fallas, Bernardo (December 12, 2008). "Dynamo trade star midfielder De Rosario to Toronto". Chron.com. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- "De Rosario to miss two to four weeks". Web.mlsnet.com. April 23, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.[dead link]
- "Reds Win 1–0 against USF". Web.mlsnet.com. April 23, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.[dead link]
- Wileman, Luke (April 8, 2010). "Preki Names New Captain". Torontofc.ca. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
- "Revs Rout Reds". Torontofc.ca. April 11, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
- "De Rosario Notches Brace In Win". Torontofc.ca. April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2010.
- Setlur, Vijay (April 23, 2010). "De Ro Set To Duel Against Seattle Top Striker". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
- "De Rosario attack stuns Seattle". Torontofc.ca. April 25, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
- "De Rosario Named Player of the Week". MLSsoccer.com. April 26, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
- Wileman, Luke (May 31, 2010). "De Rosario wins league award". torontofc.ca. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
- "De Rosario Goal In All-Star Game". MLSsoccer.com. July 29, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "TFC earns 1st Champions League Berth". CBC.ca. August 4, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "Dwayne De Rosario joins Freddie Ljungberg on trial at Celtic – ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. December 28, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- Rosano, Nick (January 15, 2011). "Toronto FC Say No To Dwayne De Rosario's Potential Celtic Loan". Goal.com. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- "Toronto Falls Short in Vancouver". Toronto FC. March 19, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- "Latest News". MLSsoccer.com. April 23, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- "Braun's hat trick too much to overcome as Chivas USA defeats Red Bulls". MLSsoccer.com. May 16, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
- "D.C. United acquires five-time MLS All-Star Dwayne De Rosario". D.C. United. June 27, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- Clark, Travis (September 25, 2011). "De Ro steals the spotlight in historic outing for D.C". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Statistics". D.C. United. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- Goff, Steven (October 20, 2011). "Poll: MLS MVP award goes to .....". Soccer Insider. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- Kristian Dyer (November 10, 2011). "Henry Lauds DeRo as Red Bulls Seek New No. 10". MLSsoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
- Doyle, Matthew (November 18, 2011). "D.C. United's De Rosario voted Volkswagen MLS MVP". Mlssoccer.com. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- http://www.dcunited.com/press-release/2012/02/dwayne-de-rosario-signs-new-contract[dead link]
- Stouffer, Craig (February 20, 2012). "De Rosario receives two-year extension from D.C. United". washingtonexaminer.com. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "D.C. United vs New York Red Bulls". Mlssoccer.com. August 29, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- Tenorio, Paul (November 19, 2007). "After Heady Play, De Rosario Is MVP". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "Late goal gives Panama 1–1 draw with Canada". CONCACAF. June 14, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- Scianitti, Matthew (November 18, 2011). "Canada's Dwayne De Rosario wins MLS MVP award". National Post. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- De Rosario is male selection for 2011 BMO Canadian Players of the Year Award – Canadian Soccer Association
- "De Rosario is male selection for 2011 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award". Canadian Soccer. December 14, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- MLS player profile
- MLS and Houston star states desire to play for his hometown team
- CanadaSoccer.com with a national team player profile of de Rosario
- Dwayne De Rosario at National-Football-Teams.com
- Dwayne De Rosario on Twitter
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