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De Ro speaks of his rough childhood
Sun, January 2nd, 2011 12:19AM

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TAGS:  canada, mls, scotland, toronto fc


As if his training stint with Glasgow Celtic hadn't been contentious enough, Toronto FC attacker Dwayne De Rosario has not cast his boyhood home of Scarborough, Ont., in a flattering light during an interview.

His parents moved to Canada from Georgetown, Guyana,  before he was born and while they and his two older brothers helped keep him in line, he tells stories of crime and danger all around him. While De Ro has spoken of his tough neighborhood before, he also compares Scarborough to the notorious South Central region of Los Angeles. "I didn't stick around to see if people were dead when they were shot, but I've been at places where suddenly there's stuff being shot up and you're diving over pool tables," he said. "That's as scary a situation as you can imagine."

De Rosario arrived in Glasgow a week ago for a training visit that TFC and MLS officials have said didn't receive authorization and clearance. Celtic has signed Freddie Ljungberg, whose MLS contract expired last month after he finished the season with Chicago following a midseason move from Seattle.

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