The New York Red Bulls just became the strongest team in the Eastern Conference—if not all of Major League Soccer—with the addition of Dwayne De Rosario.
The former Toronto FC captain was becoming a distraction during the 2011 Major League Soccer campaign. After going to have a trial with Celtic in Scotland without the permission of Toronto, it seemed like there were waves forming between De Rosario and Toronto FC. His contract discussions also were not going very far. Dwayne wanted to become a designated player and make the salary to match his performances for his club.
This deal was not struck.
Instead he got traded to New York Red Bulls, where his goal scoring and distribution ability has made him the perfect link between the back line and Thierry Henry and Juan Agudelo. De Rosario already has shown that he instantly makes the New York Red Bulls a more complete squad.
Within a minute of entering the game on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo De Rosario saw the beautiful run of Dane Richards. He placed a through ball that put Dane in the clear for his goal. He has proven he will be the centerpiece to the very diverse Red Bulls midfield. He will bring them all together and make them more of a cohesive unit.
He also takes pressure off Tim Ream and Rafa Marquez. They no longer will have to make the long quick pass to start the counter attack. They can make more conservative passes out of the back and know that De Rosario can find the holes in the opposition to create the counter.
It is tough to lose potential players but New York gained a proven piece that has made them one of the strongest forces not only in the Eastern Conference but also in Major League Soccer.
This trade showed the Red Bulls ambition to win and to win now. They want to get the Supporter’s Shield and the MLS Cup too. Red Bulls fans start creating Dwayne De Rosario chants now. It is going to get used a lot.