Dwayne De Rosario
Born in Scarborough, Ontario, De Rosario is the son of Guyanese immigrants to Canada. As a 14-year-old, De Rosario rejected an offer from A.C. Milan after a successful trial due to him not being ready to commit to living in Italy.
- De Rosario began his professional 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.
- De Rosario signed with Toronto FC on January 9, 2014 after being selected in Stage Two of the MLS Re-Entry draft process. He spent the previous two plus seasons with D.C. United, where the Scarborough native netted 23 goals to go along with 21 assists in 68 MLS contests and was named the 2011 MLS MVP and MLS Golden Boot recipient on the strength of his 16-goal, 12-assist season.
- Prior to joining D.C. United, De Rosario spent parts of 11 seasons with the New York Red Bulls, the Houston Dynamo and the San Jose Earthquakes.
- He has been a member of four MLS Cup winning sides – twice with the San Jose Earthquakes (2001 and 2003) and twice with the Houston Dynamo (2006 and 2007) – earning MLS Cup MVP honours in 2001 and 2007. De Rosario has made 324 appearances in 13 MLS seasons with 103 goals and 77 assists and has been named to the MLS Best XI six times (2005-07, 2009-11). De Rosario originally joined Toronto FC via a trade with the Houston Dynamo on December 12, 2008.
He is presently Toronto FC’s all-time career leader in goals (27), multi-goal games (five), game-winning goals (seven), shots (158) and tied for first in assists (10). A four-time Canadian Player of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011), De Rosario earned his first cap with the Canadian National Team on May 18, 1998 at the age of 20 against FYR Macedonia.