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De Rosario set for soccer, not hype
April 10, 2009, 9:27 AM
Filed under: Dwayne DeRosario, Toronto FC

The man known as DeRo is not interested in a do-over. Instead, Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne De Rosario is ready to focus on soccer and not the hype that comes with playing at BMO Field.

“It was a great homecoming for me. The result was not what I wanted, it was not a result anyone wanted, but we have moved on,” De Rosario said of the 2-0 home loss to Seattle in his much-anticipated first game in Toronto. “We got it out of the way and now we can relax and concentrate on winning games and not the off-the-field stuff.”

There was little time to relax on Thursday as coach John Carver — fresh off a trip to Dallas where he watched the Toronto FC Academy play in the Dallas Cup — ran his club through a spirited two-hour training session outdoors at BMO Field. While still disappointed in the implosion at home to Seattle last weekend, Carver is not about to dwell on the past.

“It’s behind us now,” Carver said for the final time. “Let’s be honest, in the build up to the (Seattle) game the hype was around this one coming back and this one coming home and it was a huge let down for everyone. What I called the circus is over. We had more press and media than normal but it was a different situation and we didn’t cope with it.”

The loss to the expansion Sounders FC at BMO Field took everyone by surprise as Toronto enjoyed one of the league’s best home records in 2008, losing just twice in 15 matches. De Rosario’s former team, Houston Dynamo, led Major League Soccer with one loss on its home ground last season.

“(We) need to gel a little more on the field and know where each other will be — and react — in certain situations,” De Rosario said. “That is what happened at home, we had not been down a goal at home and we got scattered and lost our minds a little bit.”

The native of Scarborough, ON, has been at times a victim of his own talent and versatility in the first three games this season as Carver has deployed the first-year Red in various positions.

“I have played forward, left midfield and I have played centre, it is just about where I fit in with the team on the field,” De Rosario said of his role so far. “To me it doesn’t really matter.”

Carver confirmed that the loss to Seattle will bring changes to his lineup ahead of Saturday’s match with FC Dallas, including a new spot on the field for De Rosario.

“Playing on the left side of the midfield like he did on the weekend is not his best position,” Carver said of a lacklustre performance from the Canadian midfielder. “I have to get him in a position where he is going to benefit the team.”

Carver has the reputation as a coach who will stick a winning side, as he did through the first two games of the season. The coach did not leak any secrets, but player rotation is expected in more than one area.

“I am not giving anything away, but here will be changes in personnel on Saturday,” Carver said of his plans. “After that poor performance on Saturday I want to put on a bit of a show and show everyone that we are not that bad.”

Dallas arrives in Toronto in search of its first points this season. Losses to Chicago, Chivas USA and New England sees the club in last place in the Western Conference, one point back of both Houston and Los Angeles. In two meetings with Toronto last season Dallas posted a win and a draw.

Kick-off on Saturday is set for 3 p.m. ET at BMO Field.

NOTES: A mystery No. 29 trained at centre back with the club on Thursday. But an inquiry revealed that the player was of no consequence and will not be around after Thursday … First-year goaltender Stefan Frei trained alone at the south end of the pitch before participating in the second-half of the scrimmage … Faud Ibrahim was used heavily in the first 10 minutes of the scrimmage … Marvell Wynne was stone-faced after a pair of crunching tackles on Ibrahim.

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