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Toronto FC agrees to terms with De Rosario

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TSN.ca Staff
1/6/2014 9:54:39 AM
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Toronto FC has agreed to terms with midfielder Dwayne De Rosario on a new contract that will be signed later this week, according to TSN soccer analyst Luke Wileman.

Rosario, the team's all-time leading scorer, left Toronto in 2011 to play for the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United. Toronto FC re-acquired him in Stage 2 of the MLS re-entry draft last month.

De Rosario became available when D.C. United opted not to pick up his option at the end of the season. Playing for the league's worst team in 2013, the Canadian had three goals and two assists in 24 games.

De Rosario currently ranks sixth on the all-time MLS scoring list with 103 goals.

Acquiring De Rosario was the latest in a flurry of TFC moves. Brazilian striker Gilberto is on board as a designated player with England and Spurs striker Jermain Defoe expected to announce his allegiance in the January transfer window.

Toronto has also acquired MLS experience in the form of Brazilian midfielder Jackson and defender Justin Morrow while picking up draft picks in trading away the rights of goalkeeper Stefan Frei and midfielder Bobby Convey.

De Rosario, who had scored 15 of Toronto's 33 goals in 2010, was shipped out in exchange for midfielder Tony Tchani, defender-midfielder Danleigh Borman and a first-round pick. He finished 2011 with D.C. United, winning the Golden Boot as the league's top scorer and MVP honours.

De Rosario became the first player in MLS history to score for three different teams in one year. He also was the first MVP in North American pro sports history to play for three different teams in one season, according to MLS. A finalist for MVP in 2005 and 2006, he has been chosen to the league's Best XI six times and captured MLS Goal of the Year honours twice, in 2004 and 2005.

He won the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003 with San Jose and 2006 and 2007 with Houston, earning MLS Cup MVP honours in 2001 and 2007.

DeRosario celebrates (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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