[MLS] Earlier this week, Red Bull officials admitted they were looking for a No. 10, either from abroad or within MLS. Turns out they weren’t kidding; Friday the Red Bulls finalized a deal by which one of league’s quintessential No. 10s, Dwayne De Rosario, had been acquired from Toronto.
Turns out they weren’t kidding; Friday the Red Bulls finalized a deal by which one of league’s quintessential No. 10s, Dwayne De Rosario, had been acquired from Toronto. New York paid a stiff price: headed north of the border were Cameroon-born midfielder Tony Tchani, the No. 2 pick in last year’s SuperDraft, and South African defender/midfielder Danleigh Borman, in his fourth MLS season. TFC also received a first-round pick in next year’s SuperDraft.
The next day, De Ro was in action for the Bulls, who had to settle for a point in a 1-1 tie at home with Houston in front of a poor crowd of 13,664 at Red Bull Arena.
De Rosario assisted on Dane Richards’ goal as the Red Bulls took and squandered a 1-0 lead. De Ro led a New York attack that outshot the Dynamo, 24-9.
Richards raced behind the Dynamo defense to reach a long ball played along the ground by De Rosario and fire it low past goalkeeper Tally Hall. De Rosario set up Thierry Henry with a chance in the 70th minute but Hall stoned Henry from close-range. In the final minutes a Joel Lindpere cross reached De Rosario, whose header missed the target.
Borman and Tchani played the full 90 minutes in TFC's 1-1 tie with Chivas USA, which earned its first point of the season after taking a 1-0 lead in the third minute on a goal by Alejandro Moreno.
Ex-Chivas USA striker Alan Gordon equalized for TFC in the 36th minute, heading in a free kick served from midfield by Jacob Peterson. Borman got up the left flank to hit several dangerous crosses; Tchani played in the middle alongside Peterson -- and his replacement Julian de Guzman -- to give TFC some strength and energy in that part of the field
Lacking De Rosario’s attacking impetus, many of TFC’s attacks flowed thorough right midfielder Javier Martina, who schooled Chivas USA left back Ante Jazic to test keeper Dan Kennedy with shots and crosses. A low ball from Martina that Gordon poked into the net for an apparent goal was ruled offside.
De Rosario, a Canadian international, was traded to Toronto on Dec. 12, 2008, upon his request by Houston, with which he won MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007 to go with the pair he and the club won as San Jose in 2001 and 2003. A five-time Best XI selection, De Rosario hit a career high with 15 goals last season but the captain feuded with club management as TFC missed the playoffs for the fourth time in four years of operation.
“We have acquired two very strong players that I believe will have an immediate and long-term impact at our club,” said Aron Winter, TFC head coach and technical director. “It is unfortunate to have to trade our captain, but this deal is part of our rebuild process and helps to open cap room for our club.”
It also got rid of a player who had infuriated team management last year by pantomiming the writing of a check to illustrate unhappiness with his current contract, and became embroiled in an off-season dispute when he headed to Glasgow Celtic for a training stint/possible loan that TFC initially denied had been authorized.
He returned to patch things up and get acquainted with Winter, whose hiring was announced in the midst of De Rosario's flirtation in Scotland. There were rumblings that team officials had begun discussions on a new contract but neither side ever confirmed serious discussions took place. He earned $443,750 ($375,000 base salary) last season and there is a DP slot open on the Red Bulls’ roster in the wake of Juan Pablo Angel’s offseason move to Los Angeles.
He scored the 8,000th goal in league history earlier this season, and is fourth among current players in regular-season goals (78), behind Jeff Cunningham, Landon Donovan and Carlos Ruiz. De Rosario, 31, started in MLS in 2001 with San Jose after playing two seasons for Richmond in the A-League.
Tchani, 21, played 17 games as a rookie last year and in both of New York’s games this season. Borman, 26, made 18 appearances for the Red Bulls last year after setting a career high with 24 in 2009.