Canadian Dwayne De Rosario wins MLS honour
Canadian midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has won the goal of the season award in Major League Soccer for the second consecutive year.
The Toronto native, who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes, was recognized for his goal on Oct. 15 against the Los Angeles Galaxy on the final weekend of the regular season.
In the game, De Rosario sent a sensational curling free kick around a wall of Galaxy players and past Los Angeles goalkeeper Kevin Hartman into the top right corner of the net from 25 yards out.
De Rosario, a key member of Canada's national team, beat out three other contenders and earned 36.5 per cent of the votes cast by MLS fans to win the award.
A finalist for the MLS MVP award to be announced Thursday, the Canadian joins D.C. United's Marco Etcheverry (1997 and 1999) as the only player to win the award in consecutive seasons.
New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman and D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno are also finalists for the MVP award.
De Rosario scored nine goals and had a league-leading 13 assists to help San Jose post the league's best record during the regular season.
The club's success did not extend into the playoffs, however, as San Jose was eliminated by Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals.
The MLS Cup, the league's championship game, is slated for Sunday in Frisco, TX between Los Angeles and New England.