Three goals in a pair of two-goal victories for DC United made reigning league MVP Dwayne De Rosario a hands down choice for the MLS Player of the Week as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters. It is the 10th time he has received the honor.
De Rosario scored the opening goal in both victories. On Wednesday he was the recipient of a great through ball from Lewis Neal before placing a shot past Matt Pickens in the 25th minute of the eventual 2-0 victory against the visiting Colorado Rapids. He would also have a deflected shot knocked away by Pickens in the contest.
Against his former club Toronto FC Saturday, he did twice as much damage with the first two goals against the winless visitors en route to a 3-1 win. And he wasted no time. He headed a curling Branko Boskovic free kick past Milos Kocic 57 seconds into the contest, the fourth-quickest time in team history. Veteran Josh Wolff started a play that finished with Chris Korb delivering the ball from the right flank to De Rosario at the far post, where buried his second off the hands of Kocic two minutes from the break.
The selection, his 10th, bumps De Rosario up from a four-way tie for third-most Player of the Week honors in MLS history with nine-time recipients Edson Buddle, Cobi Jones and Ante Razov. He now only trails Landon Donovan by two and is four back of Jeff Cunningham’s record 14.
He received his first recognition in Week 26 of 2003 while playing for the San Jose Earthquakes. He won another in San Jose in 2005 before being relocated with the team to Houston, where he was honored once in each of the next two years. A two-year absence from the honor roll ended in 2010 while playing for Toronto, receiving the award twice in the first 10 weeks. He was honored a personal-best three times in 2011 with DC United following trades that sent him from Toronto to New York, and then on to DC.
He is also now only the third player in DC United history to receive recognition four times, trailing Marco Etcheverry (5) and Jaime Moreno (7). Previous three-time winners for DC were Luciano Emilio, Alecko Eskandarian, Christian Gomez, Nick Rimando, his current coach Ben Olsen and Chris Pontius, who received his third earlier this season in Week 7.
De Rosario received all but two of the 20 votes in the nearly unanimous decision. The other two votes went to Alain Rochat of Vancouver and Saer Sene of New England.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Week is selected each week of the MLS regular season by a panel of journalists from The North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More details and membership information can be found at www.soccerreporters.com.
Match Highlights – Saturday vs Toronto FC
Match Highlights – Wednesday vs Colorado [+]
How They Voted:
|Voter||First Choice||Second Choice|
|Steve Clare||Alain Rochat (VAN)||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)|
|Frank Giase||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Fredy Montero (SEA)|
|JP Dellacamera||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Teal Bunbury (SKC)|
|Steven Sandor||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Saer Sene (NE)|
|Orrin Schwartz||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Andy Gruenebaum (CLB)|
|Scott French||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Saer Sene (NE)|
|Lisa Eisenmenger||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Hamdi Salihi (DC)|
|Shaun Schafer||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Danny Califf (CHV)|
|Jonathan Tannenwald||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Fredy Montero (SEA)|
|Elliott Almond||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Andy Gruenebaum (CLB)|
|Gerald Barnhart||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Andy Gruenebaum (CLB)|
|Marc Connolly||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Danny Califf (CHV)|
|Michael Lewis||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Teal Bunbury (SKC)|
|Dan Girard||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Teal Bunbury (SKC)|
|Jonah Freedman||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Andy Gruenebaum (CLB)|
|Jose Romero||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Fredy Montero (SEA)|
|Phil Schoen||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Dan Kennedy (CHV)|
|Buzz Carrick||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Danny Califf (CHV)|
|Don Ruiz||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)||Saer Sene (NE)|
|Tom Timmermann||Saer Sene (NE)||Dwayne De Rosario (DC)|
- 20 votes
What They Said:
STEVEN SANDOR (The11.ca): “De Rosario was dominant, outside of two goals. If De Ro only played his former teams he’d break Roy Lassiter’s scoring record three times over.”
SHAUN SHAFER (ColoradoSoccerNow.com): “DeRo is getting hot again, and no one is better when they get hot. The DC United talisman put up three goals in two wins this week, showing no signs that two games in three days was a challenge. Kudos to him.”