You knew this would happen, didn’t you? Dwayne De Rosario is probably the only creative midfielder on our team but he wanted the money the inconsistent Julian De Guzman was getting and MLSE wouldn’t budge. So the solution was to trade him. Fine. I hate the decision. But this is TFC we’re talking about, so they just handed him to rivals New York Red Bulls in exchange for prospects.
In return for De Rosario, Toronto received midfielder Tony Tchani, defender Danleigh Borman and a first-round draft pick in 2012.
“We have acquired two very strong players that I believe will have an immediate and long-term impact at our club. I’d like to thank Dwayne for all his contributions to Toronto FC and wish him well with his new club in New York,” Toronto coach and Technical Director Aron Winter said in a statement.
“It is unfortunate to have to trade our captain, but this deal is part of our rebuild process and helps to open cap room for our club.”
De Rosario did not attend Friday’s training session in Oakville, Ont., ahead of the team’s Saturday home game against Toronto FC.
Nobody should be surprised that De Rosario, a 32-year-old native of the Scarborough area of Toronto, was dealt away by TFC, especially considering how the star player had been embroiled in a public spat with team management over his salary.
De Rosario was in the second half of a four-year deal with the Reds. He earned $443,750 US during the 2010 Major League Soccer season — well behind the club’s top earner, fellow Canadian Julian de Guzman ($1,717,546).
De Guzman is the team’s only existing designated player, after Spanish star Mista was let go in the off-season. But De Rosario felt he should also be given a DP contract and the pay increase that comes with it.