TFC's De Rosario wins MLS award
Toronto FC captain Dwayne De Rosario was named Major League Soccer's player of the week on Monday.
The Canadian veteran scored one goal and helped set up another in Toronto's 2-0 win over the visiting Seattle Sounders on Sunday afternoon.
With his team-leading fifth goal of the campaign, De Rosario helped the Reds improve their record to 2-0-3 on the season.
"The main thing in this game was that we were looking to create chances, and that's something we did exceptionally well," De Rosario told CBC Sports after the game.
"I'm ever so pleased with the way the guys came, from the first minute to the last."
De Rosario's opening goal came in the 58th minute off a play that inadvertently involved referee Jorge Gonzalez, who was hit with a shot while standing in the Seattle 18-yard box.
The ball changed direction and wound up at the feet of the Sounders' Osvaldo Alonso, who seemed startled by the gift. As he worked out what to do with it, De Rosario took it away, dribbled one step and fired a low, searching ball towards the far post.
Goalkeeper Kasey Keller was able to get no more than a finger on the shot and it went in.
Almost 20 minutes later the Sounders' defence made another bad error, this one a misplay at midfield by fullback Tyrone Marshall that sprang De Rosario down the right side on a two on one. Drawing the lone defender towards him, the Toronto-raised star put a pretty pass over to a charging O'Brian White who scored to seal the result for TFC.
De Rosario, 31, previously won the weekly award in 2003 and 2005 (while playing for the San Jose Earthquakes), and 2006 and 2007 with the Houston Dynamo.