TFC ships out De Rosario

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

TORONTO - It's official: Toronto FC has traded captain Dwayne De Rosario to the New York Red Bulls.

In return, Toronto receives midfielder Tony Tchani, defender Danleigh Borman and a first round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

“We have acquired two very strong players that I believe will have an immediate and long-term impact at our club. I’d like to thank Dwayne for all his contributions to Toronto FC and wish him well with his new club in New York,” Toronto FC head coach Aron Winter said in a release Friday. "It is unfortunate to have to trade our captain, but this deal is part of our rebuild process and helps to open cap room for our club.”

De Rosario had worn the captain’s armband since the retirement of Jim Brennan last season and was unquestionably the star player on a team lacking quality. The 32-year-old Canadian international scored 27 goals for Toronto FC during a two-year span with the Reds, with six game-winning goals last season.

Despite his unmatched quality, De Rosario was a controversial figure during his time in Toronto. He spoke candidly on the Casino Rama Grill Room on Sun TV in 2009 about his desire for a better contract. Spoken promises were broken when De Rosario came to Toronto, including issues surrounding money and guaranteed years on his contract.

De Rosario famously made a “sign the check” gesture after scoring against the San Jose Earthquakes last fall, during a period of turmoil at the club. The gesture was perceived as being selfish in many circles, yet the players’ commitment never wavered. As a punishment, the club gave the season’s Most Valuable Player award to Adrian Cann for 2010, instead of De Rosario who was the Toronto FC’s perceived best player.

The plot thickened in December, with De Rosario going on trial with Scottish giants Celtic. The club failed to publicly acknowledge De Rosario was given permission to trial overseas. Celtic wanted De Rosario’s services on a short-term loan, but the talisman was prematurely called back to North America by the new coaching staff under Aron Winter.

The Toronto native joined Toronto FC in 2009, living out an aspiration to play professional soccer at the highest level for his hometown team. Teams De Rosario had played for had never missed the MLS playoffs before joining Toronto.

Tchani, 21, had a goal and three assists in 27 games last season with the Red Bulls. Borman, 26, had one goal and one assist in 18 matches.


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