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DeRosario Injured
February 3, 2010, 11:36 AM
Filed under: Dwayne DeRosario, Toronto FC

Toronto FC head coach Preki spoke to the media before the players started fitness testing at York University on day three of preseason training.

Preki confirmed that Dwayne De Rosario will miss 2-4 weeks of training with a calf strain picked up during international duty with Canada.

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DeRo becomes Captain Canada
January 30, 2010, 3:02 PM
Filed under: Canada, Dwayne DeRosario

Dwayne De Rosario, who had a falling out with former Canadian coach Dale Mitchell, has been handed the captain’s armband by new coach Stephen Hart for Sunday’s exhibition soccer game in Jamaica.

De Rosario gets the nod to lead a young squad that is missing many of its European-based pros including normal skipper Paul Stalteri.

The Toronto FC midfielder has not played for Canada since a World Cup qualifying loss in Mexico in September 2008. The next month De Rosario, then playing for Houston, was quoted in The Globe and Mail saying of Mitchell: “I don’t know how someone who coached the under-20s to not score a goal in the World Cup was put in charge of the national team.”

He has not played in Canada’s 12 games since. Mitchell left the team in March 2009.

DeRosario has served as national team captain before on at least two occasions: July 9, 2005, at the Gold Cup in a 2-0 loss to the U.S. and Jan. 22, 2006 in a 0-0 draw with the U.S. in a friendly.

Hart, in his first game since taking over the team on a permanent basis, has issues in goal going into Sunday’s game. Veteran Paul Onstad, a late call-up to the camp, has had to go home because of back spasms. That leaves Hart with just one goalie in David Monsalve, an uncapped 21-year old who plays for FC Inter Turku in Finland.

“We’re in a bad situation with the goalkeepers,” Hart said Friday as the team bus made its way to the airport from camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the flight to Jamaica.

Kenny Stamatopoulos was initially summoned by Hart but was recalled by his club. Under-23 ‘keeper Michal Misiewicz was kept on from the Olympic team camp but he also had to return to his club. Hart is looking to bring in another goalie, but it looks like Monsalve will get the start.

“At some point you’ve got to dive in the deep end,” said Hart, who coached Monsalve on the national under-17 team.

Hart’s record is 9-7-2 in two stints as interim coach. Given the job for good in December, he is now building a squad for 2012 and the start of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

“Now I’m look at the team from a different way,” he explained. “I’m going to take 2010 and use it more to evaluate players and see how well they do at the international level with the thought of building a team for the future.

“In the interim (coaching) position, I just tried to keep things more or less status quo until whoever was given the job could come in and make the big decisions.”

In keep with that attitude, Hart says all five of his uncapped players will probably see action against Jamaica, which is also missing part of its European-based arsenal.

“Now is the time to take some risks,” Hart said.

Other uncapped players are forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu of the Vancouver Whitecaps, defender Nana Attakora of Toronto FC, midfielder Massih Wassey of FC Schalke 04 and midfielder Carlos Rivas, who is unattached.

De Rosario, with 52 national team appearances, and midfielder Julian de Guzman (42) are the veterans of the team.

Canada is ranked 56th in the world, compared to No. 81 for Jamaica.

The Reggae Boyz brought in seven newcomers to their 28-man camp: four schoolboys, two recruits from the local Digicel Premier League and midfielder-forward Ryan Johnson who plays for the MLS San Jose Earthquakes.

Other MLS players include former Toronto FC defender Tyrone Marshall (Seattle Sounders) and forward Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids).

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5 TFCers Called for Jamaica Friendly
January 15, 2010, 9:08 AM
Filed under: Canada, Dwayne DeRosario, Julian De Guzman, Nana Attakora-Gyan, Toronto FC

Canadian soccer coach Stephen Hart has opted for youth in selecting his squad for a friendly in Jamaica on Jan. 31.

The roster, drawn primarily from players who are out of season or whose clubs are currently on a winter break, includes a recall for Toronto FC star Dwayne De Rosario, who had been on the outs with the national team.

“It’s sort of unique opportunity for us to take a look at quite a few players that we have not seen for quite a while or have never seen at the international senior level,” Hart told a media conference call Thursday. “And to blend that in with some of our senior players in an international game.”

New to the senior squad are goalkeeper David Monsalve of FC Inter Turku (Finland), defender Nana Attakora of Toronto FC, midfielder Carlo Rivas of Club Deportivo Universidad de Concepcion (Chile), and midfielder Massih Wassey of FC Schalke 04 (Germany).

“As I said when I was hired, I would like to use 2010 to do a fair amount of experimenting,” said Hart. “My first priority is to try and create as much depth as possible in the squad.”

Six players come from Canadian clubs: five from Toronto FC and one from the Montreal Impact.

Rosario, who has been out of the picture since speaking out against former coach Dale Mitchell, returns to the national team fold.

“He was selected and Dwayne accepted, ” Hart said. “Nothing more, nothing less.”

De Rosario has not played for Canada since September 2008.

Hart, named permanent coach in December after a run as interim coach, said he had talked to Toronto FC veteran defender Jim Brennan last year, but elected not to call him in if he could not give him “a good go.” But the coach said he will continue to keep in touch with Brennan.

The players will come together at a camp that opens Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and runs through Jan. 29. The team will then move to Kingston, Jamaica.

Canada is ranked 56th in the world, compared to No. 81 for Jamaica.

A goalie will be added to the roster.

Hart said discussions continue with Toronto striker O’Brian White about his international future. White was born in Jamaica.

Teal Bunbury, son of former Canadian international Alex Bunbury, was invited to the Canadian under-23 camp in Florida but declined “due to commitments,” Hart said.

Teal Bunbury was selected fourth overall by the Kansas City Wizards in the MLS SuperDraft Thursday.

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Wait your turn, Dwayne
May 2, 2009, 11:09 AM
Filed under: Dwayne DeRosario, Toronto FC

The idea of local star Dwayne De Rosario having to earn his way on to the starting 11 of Toronto FC would’ve been unthinkable just two weeks ago.

But a lot has changed in a hurry, with his slight hamstring tear during the team’s winless streak, coach John Carver’s resignation and a new 4-3-3 alignment under new man Chris Cummins that fed a two-game winning streak and put TFC first in its MLS conference.

At Cummins’ introductory news conference on Tuesday, the media didn’t pay much heed to his comment that De Rosario would have to wait in line, chalking it up to his cheeky English humour.

“I’m very serious,” Cummins said yesterday. “DeRo was the first one to congratulate me the other day on getting the job. But he knows he has to work his way back in. If he thinks he’s just going to walk back into the team … he knows that just doesn’t happen.”

That said, Cummins does see De Rosario playing some kind of role today against the Columbus Crew.

“Whether he starts or not, you’ll have to wait for kickoff,” Cummins said. “If someone is having an offday, there’s enough ability to come on and cause teams some problems.

“I look at everything: Are (three strikers) Danny Dichio, Pablo Vitti and Chad Barrett okay? DeRo can play in any of those front four or five positions. He has more than enough ability to play on the left, the right, down the middle or just in behind where Amado Guevara plays (as an attacking midfielder).

“He’s trained well and if he comes on strong that’s another nice problem, but I want competition on the team. Just because he’s an outstanding player, doesn’t mean it’s (automatic).”

De Rosario was given yesterday off for bereavement leave after a grandparent passed away.

Columbus, the 2008 MLS champions, haven’t won a game yet (0-2-4) and Cummins hopes to keep it on the ropes with more early pressure today.

“They’ve been unlucky in a few of their games, but they’re still a decent team,” Cummins warned. “Their set pieces will be a key issue for us, so we need to eliminate those as much as possible. But we’ll play the way we have, with freedom and lots and lots of attacking options.”

Feud continues

There likely will be a few security briefings today with many Columbus fans among an expected 20,000-seat sellout and possible ripple effects of the bad blood in Ohio from the 2-2 tie in March.

But Toronto striker Dichio wouldn’t like to see the energy forced out of this budding rivalry.

“We obviously saw our fans down there and from a personal point of view, they behaved exceedingly well within the grounds,” Dichio said. “There was a lot of (verbal) battling going on, which I’d like to see more of, which is the English and European style.

“I didn’t see everything going on outside the grounds, but I heard a few stories where the fans got a bad rap from the press and it has been a bit unfair. It’s just because we go in large numbers and that’s what you’re going to have in large numbers in different grounds. The American police are not used to that wave of red coming into the grounds. A healthy banter is fine; that’s all part of soccer.

“Everyone is a rival in our division (three points separated five teams before the weekend). I see (Columbus) as a bogey team that we haven’t beaten yet. Hopefully, it’s a good chance to get that first win for us.”

Shut out hunger

TFC and Purolator are asking fans at today’s game to bring canned goods or a cash donation to the Tackle Hunger food drive in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. In return for donations, fans will get a chance to win TFC prizes. Purolator will also donate 250 pounds of food for every corner kick throughout the game.

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DeRo in, Dichio out at TFC training
May 1, 2009, 7:57 AM
Filed under: Danny Dichio, Dwayne DeRosario, Toronto FC

Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne De Rosario returned to training Thursday while veteran striker Danny Dichio left early.

Dichio, who scored in Toronto’s 1-0 win over Kansas City on Sunday, seemed to hurt a leg during a scrimmage.

“I think Danny just got landed on during the game so we just pulled him out as a precaution,” interim head coach Chris Cummins told reporters. “He’s obviously seeing the medics this afternoon and we’ll see how he is again in the morning.”

De Rosario, however, was back in action after missing two games with an injured hamstring.

“He’s done a full session. He’s got through that. We’ll see how he is in the morning with regards to playing on the weekend,” Cummins said.

Toronto (3-2-2) hosts the Columbus Crew (0-2-4) on Saturday.

NOTES — Chicago Fire forward Brian McBride was voted MLS Player of the Month for April after scoring four goals in four games.

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De Rosario expects to train Friday
April 16, 2009, 6:30 AM
Filed under: Dwayne DeRosario, Toronto FC

Dwayne De Rosario expects to train on Friday after resting a tight hamstring during the first three days of the week. The four-time MLS Cup winner was substituted late in the game against FC Dallas on Saturday at BMO Field.

“I just felt my hamstring tighten up towards the end of the game,” said De Rosario. “I’m not sure why it happened but when it’s windy the ball tends to run and you have to stretch more to get it. It could also have been the cold weather. It’s just one of those things.”

De Rosario is looking to step-up his training on Friday ahead of the rematch at FC Dallas on Sunday (kick off 7:00 p.m. live on GolTV). “I’ve not been running so far this week but I have been training and doing other work inside with the physiotherapists,” he said. “The main thing is to rest my body and come Friday I will try it out and see how it is.”

“I will take it day by day and it is still too early to say if I expect to be fit for the match because I need to train at a high pace and intensity to see how I feel. If it’s good on Friday then I will try it again the day before the game and hopefully it will be fine and I will be ready for Sunday.”

De Rosario scored his first goal for Toronto in the 1-1 tie against Dallas after joining the Reds from Houston Dynamo in December. “I’m glad that I got my first goal for the club in front of the home fans but I was disappointed with the result. I think we let ourselves down by letting them score a late goal. We need to fix that this week. Playing Dallas again gives us the advantage of knowing exactly what they will bring to the table and I don’t think we have shown them our full potential yet.”

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Too many missed chances for TFC
April 12, 2009, 10:28 AM
Filed under: Chad Barrett, Dwayne DeRosario, FC Dallas, Toronto FC

On Saturday night when Toronto FC reflects on its 1-1 draw with FC Dallas it will undoubtedly be kept awake by the missed opportunities.

“Sometimes you are just all over a team and you can’t put them away,” Jim Brennan said. “It’s frustrating.”

Dallas arrived in Toronto on a three-game losing streak to begin the year and the draw on Saturday is its first point to date. Although the final statistics will not show Toronto as the better team on the day — they were outshot 19-10 — its final tally of three shots on target included a pair of open-net opportunities.

The first came just 25 seconds into the match when a Dwayne De Rosario volley was cleared off the line by FCD defender George John. The second opportunity came in the 29th minute when striker Chad Barrett was alone in front of the Dallas goal after an Amado Guevara shot struck the crossbar and fell to the striker. The follow-up attempt by Barrett flew to the left of Dallas goalkeeper Ray Burse.

Barrett’s miss may have finished off Dallas as Toronto (1-1-2) was a goal to the good at the time thanks to De Rosario’s first goal in a Reds uniform. The Scarborough, Ont., native got on the end of a long throw-in from fellow Canadian Adrian Serioux to open his account at BMO Field.

“Getting the first goal is always the toughest and I am glad to get it in front of the home fans,” De Rosario said of the goal. “But we let ourselves down. If you don’t finish off teams they will come back and punish you.”

Coach John Carver was disappointed in losing the three points, but took solace in the fact his team improved from its home-opening 2-0 loss to Seattle and created several chances in improving its overall record to one win, two draws and a loss. Carver was not about to put any criticism on Barrett for misfiring on what was the best opportunity of the day.

“(Barrett) in the last two games had no chances. But he was in position today and worked hard,” Carver said. “He had one or two chances and just didn’t put them away.”

As for why his team was unable to finish off an opponent that didn’t threaten very often, Carver had his own theories.

“I think some anxiety crept in,” Carver said. “As a coach there is not a great deal you can do about that. It comes down to individuals.”

In 2008 Toronto FC was victimized by late winners or equalizing goals five times, including a similar 2-2 draw with Dallas at BMO Field that saw striker Kenny Cooper convert a stoppage-time penalty.

Serioux, who was a member of Dallas in that match, hopes the trend will not continue throughout the summer.

“I hope it will not turn into one of those years where it comes down to the last two minutes and teams capitalize late on us,” Serioux said. “We allowed them to play. You look at the defence to stop those goals but at the same time the attacking players missed chances and it turned out to be costly.”

Toronto’s next game is on the road in Dallas as the back end of the home-and-home on Saturday, April 11.

NOTES: Guevara had an ice-pack on his right ankle after the game … De Rosario explained that his late-game substitution was brought on by pain he felt in his hamstring. The first-year TFC player asked for the sub to avoid injury … The attendance was 20, 272 … Former TFC striker Jeff Cunningham was serenaded with a “BMO Reject” chant after he collided with and was cautioned for a foul on TFC goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

TFC LINEUP: Stefan Frei; Marvell Wynne, Adrian Serioux, Jim Brennan (C), Kevin Harmse; Amado Guevara, Carl Robinson, Sam Cronin; Dwayne De Rosario (Pablo Vitti, 89), Chad Barrett (Danny Dichio, 69), Faud Ibrahim (Rohan Ricketts, 75).

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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.



De Rosario searching for 1st TFC goal
April 4, 2009, 9:50 AM
Filed under: Dwayne DeRosario, Toronto FC

Dwayne De Rosario has been waiting for this moment since he joined Toronto FC.

The Canadian midfielder will make his hometown debut when Toronto FC host Seattle Sounders FC in its home opener of the 2009 MLS season on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 3:30 p.m. ET).

De Rosario, who grew up in Scarborough, in Toronto’s east end, made his way back home in the off-season when the Houston Dynamo traded him to Toronto FC.

An MLS veteran who spent the previous eight seasons with Houston and the San Jose Earthquakes, De Rosario is anxious to play his first home game in a Toronto FC uniform in front of family and friends.

“To be out there wearing a Toronto FC jersey, to see the fans and the passion that just pours out of that stadium, it’s going to be a very proud moment for me,” De Rosario told CBC Sports.

“It’s a dream come true to be back home, playing in my hometown before my family. I can’t ask for more.”

De Rosario played a pivotal role in Toronto’s two road games to begin the season, setting up two of the goals in a 3-2 win over Kansas City Wizards.

He also terrorized the Columbus Crew defence in a 1-1 draw last week, and believes the team’s strong performances on the road gives them plenty of confidence ahead of Saturday’s battle with a Seattle squad that won its first two games of the campaign.

“It’s huge for us to come home unbeaten as it has helped build our confidence and momentum,” De Rosario told reporters this week. “To go away from home and face the champions from last year, Columbus, in their own home opener and come out with a good result is huge for us.

“We have to take the momentum into this game and be more aggressive going forward and more clinical in front of goal. Seattle is on a high note after the first two games so we want to deflate them and set the tone for ourselves as early as possible.”

Rookie goalkeeper Stefan Frei was relieved by veteran Greg Sutton in the second half of last week’s game after injuring his back. He is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game, so expect Sutton to start against Seattle.

Two players who are expected to be back in the lineup are midfielders Amado Guevara and Carl Robinson.

Guevara and Robinson missed the Columbus game because they were away on World Cup qualifying duty for Honduras and Wales. Toronto coach John Carver said he will assess their fitness right up until game day before deciding to put them in his starting lineup.

“The good news is that Carl didn’t play for Wales so he didn’t get injured and should be a bit fresher. I will see how he is feeling and also see how Amado is. Hopefully, they will be good to go. I’ve got a contingency in place if they aren’t available,” Carver said.

Toronto’s next game is against FC Dallas at home on April 11 (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 3:30 p.m. ET).

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DeRo looking forward to special day
April 3, 2009, 12:05 PM
Filed under: Dwayne DeRosario, Toronto FC

Dwayne De Rosario expects Saturday’s home opener against Seattle Sounders FC to be ‘a very special day’ as he plays in front of the Toronto FC supporters for the first time since joining the team from Houston Dynamo. The Scarborough native is looking forward to having friends and family in the stands as well as experiencing the spectacular BMO Field atmosphere.

“I’ve got a lot of people coming out to show their support for me and the team so it will be very exciting for me,” said De Rosario. “It will be a very special day for me and I’m looking very much forward to it and so are the rest of the guys on the team. It’s my first home opener here so it’s a proud moment for me and I really want to come out of the game with a good result to get off to a positive start in my home town and keep our streak going. It is important that everyone goes home happy and that we get the job done and win.”

De Rosario has played a big role in Toronto’s two road games so far this season including setting up two of the goals in the 3-2 win at Kansas City Wizards on opening day. “It’s huge for us to come home unbeaten as it has helped build our confidence and momentum,” he said. “To go away from home and face the champions from last year Columbus in their own home opener and come out with a good result is huge for us. We have to take the momentum into this game and be more aggressive going forward and more clinical in front of goal. Seattle is on a high note after the first two games so we want to deflate them and set the tone for ourselves as early as possible.”

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