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Dwayne De Rosario plays for MetroStars now

MASL is reaching back to MLS 2001 for its new season, adding a DeRo and a MetroStars.

New York Red Bulls v Chicago Fire Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

If you took a long nap in 2011, you may have missed Dwayne De Rosario’s stint with the New York Red Bulls. The Canada and MLS legend landed at RBNY in April and was gone - traded to D.C. United for Dax McCarty - by the end of June. And then, as if to prove that Red Bulls fans had not seen him at his best, DeRo tallied 13 goals and seven assists in 17 games for DCU and won the MLS MVP award for that extraordinary burst of scoring.

So it goes. Dax McCarty went on to become a Red Bulls legend, part of the squad that won the club’s first major trophy - the 2013 Supporters’ Shield - and captain of the squad that won the second, the 2015 Shield.

But if you missed DeRo in RBNY colors back in 2011, you can catch him in MetroStars colors in 2018: Mississauga MetroStars of the Major Arena Soccer League. The 40-year-old DeRosario has unretired to lend his experience and soccer showmanship to the MASL expansion side.

Mississauga MetroStars opened their 2018 season against Baltimore Blast - the winner of the last three MASL championships (and the team of former NYRB II player Jamie Thomas).

The game did not go well for the MetroStars - they lost 11-3. But DeRosario scored the team’s first-ever goal and the season has just begun.

DeRosario and his MetroStars are next in action on December 8 against Florida Tropics.