Dwayne De Rosario is definitely Major League Soccer’s breakout star as their 2011 Most Valuable Player. Before landing on D.C. United as their attacking midfielder, De Ro – as he’s affectionately called – triumphed through the league suiting up for Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls in the same year. Passion and hard work eventually landed him at the top of everyone’s mind. He credits his father for pushing him to perfection while growing up in Scarborough Ontario and helping to discover his talent for the game that would eventually become his gift to his many fans across the country. De Ro is the only player in D.C. United history to claim three Player of the Week Awards in one season and he is the only player in MLS history to score for three teams in the same season. He received the 2011 Budweiser Golden Boot with 16 League goals and the 2011 Canadian Male Soccer Player of the Year Award for the fourth time, which is Canada’s top soccer honor.
De Ro began his career in 1997 with the Toronto Lynx of the A-League; however he opted to change clubs, signing with the German side FSV Zwickau. After two seasons with Zwickau, De Ro opted to return to North America, signing with the Richmond Kickers in 1999. He joined Major League Soccer in 2001 with the San Jose Earthquakes. That year the Earthquakes appeared in the MLS Cup finals where De Ro scored the golden goal to win the MLS Cup for his team. He was awarded the MLS Cup MVP. This is where the nickname De Ro was born. In 2002 he registered 4 goals and 8 assists. He missed most of the 2003 season after suffering from a fifth metatarsal fracture and then an LCL tear. His comeback later that year proved him most valuable scoring 4 goals and 3 assists in only 11 matches. That year De Ro was able to record his first hat trick and in the same game score the fastest goal in MLS history in 11 seconds. He helped to lead the Earthquakes to their second MLS Cup title against Chicago.
When the Earthquakes moved to Houston in 2005, they were renamed the Dynamo. De Ro and the Dynamo captured the 2006 MLS Cup title against the New England Revolution in a shootout that saw him convert his penalty kick. He was named MLS All Star MVP by scoring the only goal against Chelsea Football Club of the English Premiership in a 1-0 win. In 2007, the Houston Dynamo became the second team in MLS history to win the MLS Cup back-to-back. De Ro scored the game’s winning goal in the 74th minute with a spectacular header. He was named MLS Cup MVP again making him the first player to win the award twice.
In 2008, De Ro signed with the Toronto FC, which was a blockbuster deal and a welcome gift to the Toronto FC fans. The Canadian International began his 9th MLS season in his hometown where he scored 11 goals and 6 assists, leading the team to their first ever Nutrilite Canadian Championship where he was named MVP. In 2010, he was honored as the Captain of the team going on to score a team leading 15 goals and 3 assists. Over the past 10 seasons, De Ro has notched 75 goals and 51 assists. He has been runner-up for the League MVP two times in 2005 and 2006. He is one of the most decorated players in MLS history, winning a whopping four MLS Cups in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007. De Ro’s skill and determination to become the greatest player to ever play the game pushes him to work harder and harder everyday.
De Ro is also a dedicated philanthropist. He is an Ambassador for Right To Play, a charity whose mission is to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sports and play for development, health and peace. He is also an Ambassador for the United Nations programs Nothing but Nets (US) and Spread the Net (Canada), which helps bring awareness and raise funds towards the fight against Malaria.
Dwayne is currently training with DC United and is looking forward to a successful 2012 season for both DC United and the Canadian National Team