Dwayne De Rosario recently spoke about his new club, what happened in Toronto, and the upcoming game in Philadelphia.
He began by speaking about his transition to the New York Red Bulls.
"Red Bulls players and staff have welcomed me into the family and I really got a great reception from the fans Saturday night, something I was very grateful of. I'm looking forward to building a new career here, in New York" De Rosario said.
“My move to come here wasn't an easy decision, obviously, coming from my home town and the great support we had in Toronto. But, it was a situation that had to be resolved. It went on for some time, and I needed to have some peace of mind. I couldn't play unhappy, for an organization where I felt, I wasn't being treated right."
De Rosario then answered questions about what happened in Toronto and what led to the fall out."I got my first actual offer and there was a lot of back and forth between my agent and the club. It was an offer that definitely suited Toronto rather than myself and it was a deal that had some uncertainties in it.
I started looking for other options to stay there but every one of them was turned down, so i said enough is enough. I told them I didn't want to be a bad influence and a negative presence in the locker room, but I needed to get rid of that weight so I could get my mind clear and just play."
De Rosario then addressed his legacy in Toronto and how the fans will think of the player that was once their captain.
"I think some fans will like me and some fans will dislike me and some of the things that I do, but at the end of the day, no one can question my commitment and the 100 percent that I had given in every game last year to help that team and to make the Toronto organization a successful one."
With the upcoming game against I-95 rival, Philadelphia, De Rosario spoke about the improvements the Union have made and the fan base that drives the squad."They're a solid team, they haven't made a lot of changes, but a lot of the guys are experienced in the league now. The addition of Ruiz was obviously a big one. He scored the other day, so he's picking up where he left off.“
He continued by saying, “I think pretty good is an understatement. They have great fan support, and with the addition of Ruiz and the other guys up front, they are an attacking force to be reckoned with. They are starting to gel right now under a great coach. Nowak has done a great job building that team and it’s going to be a tough match on Saturday."
He closed by reiterating his joy about landing in New York.
“There were a lot of empty promises but I don’t want to get into that. Fortunately, it worked out the way it did. I look forward to my time in New York. I'm definitely focused now. The club and I share the same ambitions to win an MLS Cup this year and every year we play."Follow Goal.com on to get the latest soccer news directly. Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best soccer fan community in the world!