MLS great Dwayne De Rosario announces retirement from playing
One of MLS's all-time greatest players has called it a career.
Dwayne De Rosario, without a team since the end of last season, announced his retirement in an Instagram post Sunday night, officially putting an end to one of the top careers in MLS history.
Salute to all my fans/family who supported me throughout my #MLS career I am humbled by all your love & support. It was always a dream of mine to represent my family & community #Scarborough #Toronto #Canada to the best of my ability everywhere I played. Know that dreams come true. I'm excited for what's next with my new role in MLSE as ambassador. Again, I #salute you all. @torontofc @houstonDynamo @sjearthquakes @dcunited #NYRedBulls
De Rosario, whose 104 regular-season goals are sixth most all-time, played for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United before wrapping up his career with a final season in his hometown Toronto. De Rosario's 22 goals are the most in Canada men's national team history, and he was part of the Canada team that won the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
He won four MLS Cups, two with San Jose and two with Houston, won the 2011 league MVP award (a season in which he played for Toronto and New York before starring for D.C. United and tying Chris Wondolowski for the most goals in the league with 16) and was a six-time MLS Best XI performer. He also helped D.C. United to the 2013 U.S. Open Cup title.
De Rosario, who turns 37 Friday and will remain close to the game after taking an ambassador position with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, was also the author of this free kick, one of the best goals in MLS history: