Mauro Rosales

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Mauro Rosales
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Personal information
Full name Mauro Damián Rosales
Date of birth (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Villa María, Argentina
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Newell's Old Boys 119 (30)
2004–2006 Ajax 63 (6)
2007–2010 River Plate 64 (4)
2011–2013 Seattle Sounders FC 86 (12)
2014 Chivas USA 21 (0)
2014– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 30 (1)
National team
2001 Argentina U20 5 (0)
2004 Argentina Olympic 6 (1)
2004 Argentina 10 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:14, 10 September 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 March 2011

Mauro Damián Rosales (born 24 February 1981) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer, as well as an 2004 Athens Olympics gold medalist with the Argentina national under-23 football team. Rosales is a winger/forward best known for his pace and crossing ability.



Rosales began his career with Newell's Old Boys. His play with Newell's attracted the interest of top European clubs and in 2004 he joined Dutch top side Ajax. While with Ajax Rosales appeared in 63 league matches scoring 6 goals. In 2007 Rosales left Ajax returning to Argentina to play for River Plate for a fee of 1.8 million euros. In 2008 he was part of the squad that won the Clausura 2008 tournament, the club's first title in four years.

In January 2011 it was reported that he would be joining Querétaro F.C. of Mexico's Primera División. However, he was not signed by the Mexican club. In late February 2011 he went on trial with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer in the United States. On 18 March 2011, following a successful trial, the club officially signed Rosales.[1] During Rosales' first season with Seattle, he scored 5 goals in 26 appearances. Additionally, he assisted on 13 goals which was third overall in the league. His 13 assists also set a club record for number of assists by a single player in a single season. Rosales won the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award for the 2011 Major League Soccer season[2] and was subsequently signed to a new, multi-year deal on 13 December 2011. In his three years with the club Rosales tallied 12 goals and 34 assists in league play. He also helped the club in capturing the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Rosales was traded to Chivas USA in exchange for Tristan Bowen on 11 December 2013.[3]

Rosales was traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for Nigel Reo-Coker on 21 August 2014.[4]


Rosales was part of the Argentina Under-20 team that won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and the gold-medal winning Argentine national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 2004 Estadio Monumental "U", Lima, Peru  Peru 0–1 1–3 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification


Rosales earned his U.S. green card in March 2012.[5] This status qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.



River Plate
Seattle Sounders FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC


Argentina U-20
Argentina U-23


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kasey Keller
Seattle Sounders captain
Succeeded by
Brad Evans