The 35-year-old MLS legend rejoins his hometown side after being selected in the Re-Entry Draft. De Rosario spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at TFC.The hometown boy is back.
Dwayne De Rosario has rejoined Toronto FC after the club selected the 35-year-old perennial all-star in Wednesday's MLS Re-Entry Draft. De Rosario had been out of contract after nearly three seasons at D.C. United.
The Canadian international's previous tenure at TFC was filled with highs and lows, as De Rosario enjoyed two of his best seasons statistically in Toronto but failed to lead the team to the postseason. However, he did help the Reds lift their first trophy in club history, as he played a big part in Toronto's 2009 Voyageurs Cup win. In 2010, TFC would win another Canadian title with De Rosario in the squad.
However, as his hometown club added highly paid designated players Julian de Guzman and Mista, De Rosario grew publicly frustrated with his salary. Despite leading the team in goals in each of his two full seasons at BMO Field, the Scarborough, Ont., native never received the DP contract he was looking for from Toronto.
His frustration led to a controversial public display after a goal versus the San Jose Earthquakes in late 2010, and after two matches in 2011 he was traded to the New York Red Bulls. De Rosario's stay in New Jersey was short-lived, and he was sent to D.C. -- where he spent the next two-and-a-half-seasons -- in June of that year.
De Rosario's return to TFC has been rumoured for weeks, and the player himself seemed open to the idea in recent interviews. With head coach Ryan Nelsen and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko now running things in Toronto's front office, none of the regime from De Rosario's previous tenure with the Reds are still employed by the club.
He returns to his hometown as the second-leading active goalscorer in MLS, with 103 goals in 324 regular season appearances. De Rosario has won four MLS Cup titles, and he also named MLS Cup MVP twice. In addition, he is the all-time scoring leader for the Canadian national team, and was the recipient of the 2011 MLS Golden Boot and MVP awards.
Despite having only played slightly more than two seasons with Toronto, De Rosario remains the club's leading scorer with 32 goals in all competitions.