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TFC's Dwayne De Rosario has some extra motivation in season opener

TFC's Dwayne De Rosario has some extra motivation in season opener

Posted by Christian Miranda on May 20, 2014

Now that he’s back with Toronto FC, Dwayne De Rosario would like to continue a career trend where he performs well against his former team.

De Rosario gets his first crack at D. C. United — the club he was with for three years after leaving the Reds in 2010 — this Saturday when the Washington club provides the opposition in Toronto’s home opener at BMO Field.

“I’ve had a bit of a history against my former clubs, so obviously I hope that continues Saturday,” De Rosario said as the team continued its preparations Thursday for the highly anticipated opener.

De Rosario and coach Ryan Nelsen, in fact, are former United players. Nelsen was drafted fourth overall by United in the 2001 SuperDraft and spent four seasons there. He was named team captain in 2003, won defender of the year award in 2003, and was part of the MLS championship team there in 2004.

Both coach and player stressed their focus is with TFC but admitted, like most athletes, to gaining extra motivation from facing their former team.

“It’s always motivated me to do better against your old team, kind of a little reminder of who you are,” said Nelsen, who still has some friends with United, including Dave Kasper, who was technical director for United when Nelsen played there and is now the club’s GM.

Photo by: Richard Lautens/Toronto Star

 

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