Major League Soccer announced on Friday that D.C. United midfielder has won the 2011 Most Valuable Player award after a 16-goal campaign that spanned three different clubs.
Starting the year with Toronto FC, De Rosario was traded to the New York Red Bulls and then D.C. United but still managed an impressive goal output and added 12 assists. He beat Houston's Brad Davis and FC Dallas' Brek Shea to the award by gaining a combined weighted total of 70 percent from player, coach and media voting.
“For me, this is the most meaningful individual honor of my career,” said De Rosario of his first MVP Award. “I couldn’t have achieved this without my teammates, and I’m grateful to the players, coaches, fans, media and people at MLS for recognizing me. That said, I’m disappointed not to be playing in the MLS Cup Playoffs right now, and my goal is to get D.C. United back to where it belongs in 2012.”
Recently named to the 2011 MLS Best XI side and winner of the 2011 Budweiser Golden Boot award, De Rosario was instrumental in D.C. resurgence this season. In 18 games with the club following his move from New York, De Rosario scored 13 goals and contributed seven assists. He played 33 games in total, starting 31.
“Dwayne changed our entire team this season,” said United head coach Ben Olsen. “With him we were always one play away from changing the game. He is truly a special player and he deserves this honor. This award is long overdue - Dwayne has been one of the best players in MLS for quite some time.”
De Rosario, 33, has enjoyed a long and storied career in MLS, first with San Jose Earthquakes back in 2001, a team he won his first two MLS Cups with. Since then he's played for the Houston Dynamo, where he won two a further two titles, then Toronto, New York and D.C., his current team.
He's also been a mainstay in the Canadian National Team, making 65 appearances, scoring 19 goals.
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan and Seattle Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales were also considered for the award.
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