It is fitting that Dwayne De Rosario chose today of all days to announce his retirement. On the field, the two teams with which he identified the most were battling it out: the Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC. In Houston De Rosario will be remembered as a champion, while in Toronto he will be remembered as the home town boy.
The Scarborough native finishes his career with the sixth most goals all time in Major League Soccer history, 104 total, and the most goals ever for the Canadian national team for whom he netted 22. As far as for club and country goes, it doesn't get much better than Dwayne De Rosario.
On top of this, De Rosario won four MLS championships, was the 2011 MLS MVP when he was playing with DC United, and made six MLS best eleven appearances. For the national team he was a four time Canadian player of the year and a member of the team that won the 2000 Gold Cup.
"It was always a dream of mine to represent my family & community to the best of my ability everywhere I played," said De Rosario in an instagram post, hashtagging Scarborough, Toronto and Canada. "Know that dreams come true."
He thanked both his family and the fans who had supported him throughout his career. There were plenty of fans, as De Ro was a fan favourite in Toronto until the final whistle of his career. No matter what the crowd would applaud when he made his way onto the field.
One can only hope that De Rosario remains very involved with both Toronto FC and the Canadian National Team, because he tends to bring success to everything he is passionate about. He leaves the game as one of the best to ever have suited up in Canadian soccer history.