Before Toronto FC get back into MLS action after a week off on Saturday, they will take a look in the rear-view mirror at a club and Canadian national team legend.
At 3 p.m.,before kickoff for the main squad, BMO Field will be a host to a testimonial match remembering Dwayne De Rosario and what he was able to do on the pitch as a player for both club and country. It will be a chance for supporters to thank the Scarborough native.
Those who will be playing alongside De Rosario on the pitch, however, are what makes this match so interesting. Every morning leading up until the match on June 20 the club has been announcing new participants on twitter. Each round is getting more and more intriguing.
The biggest surprise so far has been Junior Hoilett, the QPR player who the Canadian national team has been chasing since he first impressed with Blackburn Rovers. Since then Hoilett has been a controversial figure for Canadians as he has yet to make a decision about his international future.
While Hoilett's appearance in this game is likely inconsequential, it does bring forth questions about his relationship with Dwayne De Rosario and whether his international soccer decision has changed at all. Hoilett was not on the 35-man provisional roster that Canada announced for the Gold Cup being played next month.
The Brampton, Ontario native does have fairly strong connections to Toronto FC, however. He has previously trained with the club under Ryan Nelsen and his young brother, Jaineil, played and scored for the club in a friendly against the Wilmington Hammerheads last year.
Among the other surprises is reality TV star Juan Pablo Galavis, the 33-year-old star of the Bachelor. Galavis isn't without soccer credentials, however, having played in the top league in Venezuela, as well as for Miami FC (now the Fort Lauderdale Strikers) of the NASL. De Ro's connection to Galavis isn't obvious like some of the other players.
The biggest logistical surprise is Kei Kamara who is currently still playing in MLS for the Columbus Crew. Columbus have a game on Wednesday against the New England Revolution, making it surprising that they let the league leading scorer travel to Canada for this match.
Otherwise, those who have been announced are to be expected: Canada teammates Ali Gerba, Paul Stalteri, David Edgar, Julian De Guzman, Simeon Jackson and Adrian Serioux, Houston teammate Brian Ching, DC teammate Jaime Moreno and Toronto FC teammates Danny Dichio, Danny Koevermans and Amado Guevara.
All this should make for an interesting match that should peak the interest of more than a few Toronto supporters enough to take the early train down to BMO Field for this match.