New Toronto FC welcomes back Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario, centre, is welcomed back to Toronto FC by GM Tim Bezbatchenko, left, and coach...

Dwayne De Rosario, centre, is welcomed back to Toronto FC by GM Tim Bezbatchenko, left, and coach Ryan Nelsen at BMO Field Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

TORONTO - He's back for one reason: The Reds are no longer the Reds.

"You want to write an interesting story, don't you?" Toronto FC's Dwayne De Rosario said after being asked to compare TFC from when he left to now.

On Thursday, the club's all-time leading goal-scorer was officially reintroduced to a jam-packed BMO Field press corps that crowded in to hear what one of the league's most polarizing figures had to say.

Three seasons ago, De Rosario departed BMO Field in a mind-blowing trade, orchestrated by a mind-numbing front office that more or less drove TFC into the ground.

"There's really no comparison," De Rosario said of TFC's past and present. "In my opinion, one had one vision, this one has another vision. I like the one (TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko and head coach Ryan Nelsen have).

"It connects with my vision of being successful and pushing each other to be better. The relationship is a big part of it. All of these gentleman understand that. Yes, we're players, but we're people, too."

In 2011, the Reds traded De Rosario to New York in exchange for a pair of squad players and a pick due to a front-office soap opera that quickly got out of hand.

Quite frankly, it was embarrassing -- mainly to TFC's incompetent management.


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