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Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 17:32:00 +0000 #1
De Rosario learns patience

Jeff Carlisle

It was an attack that looked destined to die. There was San Jose Earthquakes' midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, trapped near the sideline by two MetroStar defenders. But just when it seemed as if the Canadian had run out of options, a clever back-heel caught teammate Brad Davis in stride, and his cross was headed home at the far post by Ronald Cerritos for the game's only goal.


San Jose's Dwayne De Rosario has found a home in midfield.

That play has encapsulated De Rosario's season thus far: dynamic, creative, and above all else, unpredictable.

The same could be said for De Rosario's rise into the upper echelons of MLS midfielders. His six goals and league-leading 12 assists have seen him garner some serious consideration for the league's MVP award, but at the beginning of the season, the fifth-year veteran was stuck on the bench behind a logjam of forwards. An unsuccessful attempt to play overseas had seen the Canadian arrive late to training camp, but given a tenure in San Jose marked by injury and inconsistency, there wasn't much reason to think that this year would be any different.

But the first month of the campaign saw the Quakes' midfield stuck in neutral, and it was De Rosario who ultimately put it into overdrive. While San Jose was lethal on set pieces early on, the team was struggling to create chances in the run of play. That was never more evident than in an early season game against Chicago. Trailing 1-0 after 70 minutes, and needing a spark, head coach Dominic Kinnear threw De Rosario on in an attacking midfield role. The move breathed life into an offense that equalized late before succumbing to Thiago's stoppage time goal. Despite the loss, the seeds for a revamped attack, and the team's eventual success, had been sown.

"That game really gave me the idea," says Kinnear. "Just the way [De Rosario] was joining the attack, I was thinking that it puts more players forward so we can possess the ball more in the opponent's half of the field. And I think his mobility is a problem for any team."

That De Rosario would fit so seamlessly into the role is about as incongruous as Landon Donovan being cheered at Spartan Stadium. The Canadian's years in MLS had been characterized by highlight reel goals - like his game-winner in the 2001 MLS Cup Final - but also infuriating solo runs to nowhere that exasperated teammates and fans alike. After all, attacking midfielders need to pass, right? For De Rosario, distributing the ball seemed to rank below "cleaning soccer shoes" on his priority list.

"Sometimes, you'd get so mad because you would be open," says Cerritos, who was a member of the Quakes in 2001, De Rosario's first year in the league. "But you need a guy like Dwayne in your team, someone who's tricky with the ball and has skill."

De Rosario has always had bags of skill and self-belief. Current Canadian national team coach Frank Yallop, who as the Earthquakes' head coach brought De Rosario to San Jose says, "[De Rosario] is always full of confidence. He thinks he's Ronaldinho. And the unpredictable side of his game is like no other."

But for De Rosario, it's been the ability to reign in the creative part of his game that has been the secret to his success.

"Playing in midfield, I've definitely learned to be more patient and build the attack instead of just going attack, attack, attack" says the Canadian international. "I still don't have it fully down, but I'm getting more comfortable; when to stay and when to hold; when to distribute and when to go at defenders."

Just as surprising has been De Rosario's contribution on the defensive end, where his partnership with midfield running mate Ricardo Clark has given the Quakes' two snapping, tenacious Dobermans in midfield.

"[De Rosario] is very honest," adds Kinnear. "He defends as much as he attacks. He's got a great engine, plus he and Ricardo [Clark] have a pretty good understanding. His work rate, I don't know if it's underappreciated by some, but not by us."

The growth of De Rosario's game has been noticed at international level as well. Yallop adds that he's seen a maturity in De Rosario's game that wasn't there before.

"I think playing that position has made [De Rosario] realize he's a good footballer," says Yallop. "He doesn't have to do the magical thing every time he gets the ball. He's a good all-around player now rather than just a guy we thought would be a good super-sub or good for a few games here and there. His consistency wasn't there. Now he's very consistent."

That doesn't mean that De Rosario has abandoned his creative ways. It's more that he's channeling his flair in a different direction, in particular his ability to join the attack late. That trait was on display in San Jose's 2-0 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night. Running from deep, De Rosario latched on to Brian Ching's flick-on and finished off the play by with a sublime lob over Fire keeper Zach Thornton for the game's first goal.

"I probably say 'Dwayne, come in late,' ten times a day," says Kinnear. "Because when he does that, he's so much more effective. His element of surprise is excellent."

De Rosario's knack for the unexpected is one that was forged in his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario. The Toronto enclave is home to numerous immigrants from the Caribbean, and combined with his Guyanese upbringing, it was that style of soccer that had the biggest influence on his game.

"It was more flair than anything else," says De Rosario. "You nutmeg a guy and that's the highlight of the game. It was playing with enjoyment. It wasn't like 'How can we score?' It was more like 'How many times can I skin this guy?'"

But Scarborough was also home to all of the wrong kinds of distractions. Drugs and gangs were a constant temptation, but De Rosario credits his aunt, Lea De Sousa, along with brothers, Paul and Mark, with helping to keep him on the straight and narrow.

"My aunt, she's 84 and she'll still knock me out," jokes De Rosario. "She gave up her job to raise three boys, which is very difficult to do in a rough neighborhood. She showed all of us that 'You're better than what's around you.'"

A trip overseas also gave De Rosario a glimpse of what was possible. As an 11-year-old, he was chosen to play on a London, Ontario select team that went to Norwich, England to play in the Canary Cup. The trip not only exposed De Rosario to a different culture, it gave him an idea of where his abilities could take him.

He adds, "I just knew from that time on that I had a talent I couldn't let go to waste."

That talent has taken him to the pinnacles of MLS this year. While New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman looks to have a leg up on the MVP award, it could be argued that De Rosario has been more important to his side. Without his presence on the field, San Jose's attack doesn't look nearly as imposing, especially given Brian Ching's injury problems for most of the season.

But whether he wins the award or not, De Rosario has his sights fixed firmly on an even bigger prize.

"I'm going to do what I do," he says. "Which is win another championship this year."

Given De Rosario's gift for delivering the unexpected, it would be wise not to doubt him.

Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 17:35:31 +0000 #2
De Rosario named MLS player of the week

SAN JOSE, Calif. (CP) - Canadian Dwayne De Rosario was selected as the Major League Soccer player of the week on Monday.

De Rosario, a midfielder with the San Jose Earthquakes, scored a goal in each half in his club's 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday. He is the only Earthquake to have a multiple-goal game this season. De Rosario followed with a strong performance in Saturday's 1-1 tie with FC Dallas which clinched the Western Conference title for the Earthquakes.

The Toronto native leads the MLS in assists with 12, and is tied for third in the league in game-winning goals with four.

De Rosario is also a fixture on the Canadian international squad with 34 caps.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 17:41:33 +0000 #3
Dwayne De Rosario makes his bid for MVP pipping rival Taylor Twellman

Second-half spurt propels Quakes to win

By Baltazar Palencia / Staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In a matchup of the top two teams in Major League Soccer, the San Jose Earthquakes laid claim to the best in the league after they came away from Gillette Stadium with a 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Brian Ching and Dwayne De Rosario scored second-half goals from the Earthquakes, now five points ahead of the Revolution in the race for the MLS Supporters Shield -- awarded to the team with the best regular-season record -- with two games remaining for each club. The Revolution played a man down for the half-hour after Daniel Hernandez was sent off.

The opening sequences of the match were dominated by the Revolution midfield, but without the power to open the scoring thanks to tough defending by San Jose. The New England trio in the center of the field -- Hernandez, Clint Dempsey and Sharlie Joseph, controlled the early movements with their passing but were unable to unlock the Earthquakes defense.

The first good shot at goal came in the 37th minute when right winger Steve Ralston got down the flank before cutting a pass back to Taylor Twellman. After eluding his marker he laid a pass off to Pat Noonan in the penalty area, but Pat Onstad got down well to make the save on Noonan's shot.

After an opening 45 minutes favored by the home side, the dynamic of the match changed after the halftime break. New England first went close just two minutes after the restart, Noonan finding Twellman at the far post with a cross from the right flank. The leading scorer in MLS hit a powerful shot back across goal that rebounded back off the post.

In the 49th minute, Noonan was taken off in favor of Andy Dorman after the Revolution forward suffered a injury to his left foot without a challenge, and while Dorman missed high shortly after, the tide of the match was turning.

Ian Russell gave way to Kevin Goldthwaite in the 55th minute for the Earthquakes, who brought better movement in the San Jose forward thrust. In the 60th minute, Goldthwaite put in a corner from the right side that Ching rose up to head home past Matt Reis and give the visitors the lead.

A minute later, the situation for the Revolution grew even worse. Hernandez was on the ball in midfield, and as he was challenged by San Jose striker Alejandro Moreno, the New England midfielder connected with an elbow. Referee Ricardo Salazar immediately showed the red card, sending Hernandez off and leaving the Revolution a man down.

The tide of the match turned as San Jose began to have more possession of the ball and began to create more opportunities with their movement down the flanks. The Revolution were called upon to commit more fouls and give the Earthquakes dangerous restart chances.

San Jose doubled their lead in the 80th minute, when De Rosario took the ball in the center of the field and dribbled down the inside-left channel, first leaving Jay Heaps in his wake then skipping past final defender Michael Parkhurst before beating Reis with a low shot inside the near post.

The Revolution had their chances, winning 15 corner kicks on the night and seven in the second half, but couldn't break through and suffered just a second defeat at home on the season. Man of the Match: Dwayne De Rosario (San Jose Earthquakes)

Baltazar Palencia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.

San Jose Earthquakes (17-4-9) vs. New England Revolution (16-7-7)

October 01, 2005 -- Gillette Stadium

Scoring Summary:

SJ -- Brian Ching 7 (Kevin Goldthwaite 1) 60

SJ -- Dwayne De Rosario 7 (unassisted) 80

San Jose Earthquakes -- Pat Onstad, Kelly Gray, Danny Califf, Ryan Cochrane, Wade Barrett, Ian Russell (Kevin Goldthwaite 55), Ricardo Clark, Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan, Alejandro Moreno, Brian Ching.

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Conway, Julian Nash, Danny O'Rourke, Chris Wondolowski

New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Jay Heaps, Michael Parkhurst, Joe Franchino, Steve Ralston, Clint Dempsey, Daniel Hernandez, Shalrie Joseph, Marshall Leonard (Khano Smith 74), Taylor Twellman, Pat Noonan (Andy Dorman 49).

Substitutes Not Used: Jose Cancela, Avery John, Ricardo Phillips, James Riley, Doug Warren
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:50:45 +0000 #4
De Rosario leads San Jose to undefeated home season

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Earthquakes became the first MLS team to go undefeated at home Saturday night, tying Real Salt Lake 2-2.

San Jose (17-4-10), which plays its regular-season finale next week at Los Angeles, ended its home schedule with a 9-0-7 mark. The Earthquakes clinched the best regular-season record before the game when the Eastern Conference-leading New England Revolution tied the Kansas City Wizards.

Salt Lake (5-21-5) also made history, becoming just the second MLS team to go winless on the road (0-14-2). The tie snapped Salt Lake's 10-game losing streak.

In the 38th minute, San Jose's Dwayne De Rosario of Toronto slid a shot under defender Brian Dunseth in the Salt Lake penalty area. Goalkeeper Jay Nolly deflected the ball back to De Rosario, who fired into an open net for his eighth goal of the season.

San Jose rookie Julian Nash scored the first goal of his career in the 44th minute off assists from De Rosario and Ronald Cerritos.

Salt Lake cut the lead in half in the 64th minute, when rookie Kevin Novak scored his first career goal on a pass across the San Jose goalmouth that caught the Earthquakes napping. De Rosario, defender Kevin Goldthwaite and former Canadian national team goalkeeper Pat Onstad of Vancouver watched as the ball bounced in the six-yard box and into San Jose's net.

In the 73rd minute, Jamie Watson and Leslie Fitzpatrick set up the equalizer for an unmarked Andy Williams, who scored his fifth goal of the season from eight yards away.
Becks2010-05-12 18:38:02 +0000 #5
DeRosario was in talks with a few Euro clubs prior to the MLS season. He scores a few beautiful goals.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 18:20:54 +0000 #6
He had trials with AGF Aarhus (Danish Superligaen), Blackburn and Manchester City.

Trialed at Manchester City, impressed Kevin Keegan, Keegan wanted to sign him, City board said they never heard of him (DeRo) and said no. Keegan resigned.

Looks like he's a candidate for MVP with Taylor Twellman.
roggie152010-05-12 18:55:36 +0000 #7
Man I wish he was American. He is a great player. Lucky Canadians...
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:12:58 +0000 #8

The Earthquakes had one of the best performances a visiting side has had against Los Angeles at The Home Depot Center in the club's 3-1 rout of the Galaxy. That the result meant little to the Quakes' postseason schedule -- San Jose had long since clinched the Western Conference's top spot -- was inconsequential.

After Mark Chung put the Quakes ahead in the 42nd minute, Dwayne De Rosario sent a rocket into the back of the net from 25 yards out, a wicked laser beam that would have beaten most any 'keeper in the world. "I was just thinking 'I'm going to hit this ball as hard as I can,'" De Rosario said. "It was one of my highlight goals off free kicks. I don't think I've ever scored a free kick like that."

He finishes the season with 9 goals and 13 assists (think it has been updated) Taylor Twellman has 17 goals and 7 assists



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