Although today is April Fool's Day, this is not a joke. Toronto FC has traded Midfielder Dwayne De Rosario to NY Red Bulls for Midfielders Tony Tchani and Danleigh Borman, along with the Red Bulls first-round pick in the 2012 SuperDraft. "DeRo" is an MLS veteran and a name that should be known to even a casual fan. He was the figurehead of the struggling Toronto FC Reds.
DeRo, a native Canadian, is 32 years old with creative skill. Obviously, this is a major trade for the Red Bulls, costing them a young talent such as Tchani along with Borman and a future pick. This shows the mentality of the club, pushing for a championship this year. Toronto FC, who is in a rebuilding phase, got some good youth in the deal and came out with some salary cap space. Overall, this is a win for the Red Bulls by adding some major talent behind Henry and Aguidelo with Lindpere and Richards on the flanks. That is an exciting and talented core in the forwards 2/3's of the pitch.
This will be De Rosario's 4th MLS club in his career. He has played for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, and now the New York Red Bulls. He has tallied 78 goals and 52 assists in his career thus far, and has the ability to add some creativity and reliability in the middle of the pitch. He has won 4 MLS Cups, two with San Jose and Houston each, as well as the MLS Cup Most Valuable Player award in 2001 and 2007. Internationally, DeRo is a staple of the Canadian club and has registered 15 goals in 54 appearances.
De Rosario will be available to play in the Red Bulls next match against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, April 2nd. Whether or not he will start, sub-in, or appear at all remains to be seen. However, this is a good time to be a Red Bulls fan.
Source: MLS Official Website
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