As soon as Toronto FC wraps up the first leg of its Champions League qualifiers against Motagua, Dwayne De Rosario is scheduled to jet to Houston to play in Wednesday night’s MLS all-star game.
De Rosario and four members of the Los Angeles Galaxy — Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Omar Gonzalez and keeper Donovan Ricketts — will arrive in Houston to face Manchester United less than 24 hours after their CCL qualifiers.
But, playing the all-star game on zero rest won’t be a new experience for De Rosario.
In 2008, De Rosario played a game for the Houston Dynamo in Washington against D.C. United, the night before the MLS all-stars played West Ham United at BMO Field.
De Rosario and Dynamo teammate Pat Onstad were scheduled to fly to Toronto immediately after the game.
But the game in D.C. was delayed by severe thunderstorms, and De Rosario and Onstad didn’t get into Toronto until the wee hours.
Still, De Rosario came in as a sub, and scored the winning goal on a penalty kick against West Ham keeper Robert Green, who is now infamous for his misplay in the World Cup that allowed the U.S. to snatch a draw in their group-stage game with England.
“My mind was willing but my body ain’t,” DeRo said after scoring the winner. “But the atmosphere (at BMO Field) changed that... (the fans) rejuvenated me.”
We’ll see if playing in the city where he won two MLS Cups with the Dynamo has the same effect on his tired legs Wednesday.