De Rosario Named To MLS Best XI
Toronto FC announced Monday, that midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has been named to the 2009 MLS Best XI, an annual award recognizing the League's top 11 players at each individual position on the field. The 11 is comprised of one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders, and two forwards.
De Rosario, 31, makes his fourth appearance on the list in his nine year MLS career and he becomes the first player to be named to the Best XI with three different clubs. He is also the first Toronto FC player to make the list in three seasons.
"It's a huge honour to be selected, and even more special this time around because I'm back home," said De Rosario. "I know I have a lot of young fans, and anytime I get recognized, I hope they use that as motivation to follow their dream of becoming a professional soccer player."
Last week De Rosario was awarded the team's Golden Boot award for the most goals scored this past season (11), as well as the team's Most Valuable Player award. In addition, the midfielder received the fan's choice for the "Keno Goal of the Year". All awards were handed out at last week's 90th Minute season end party.
Prior to departing for MLS Cup, De Rosario will take part in the BMO Pancake Breakfast in support of the United Way held Tuesday, November 17. The event, which also includes Toronto FC captain Jim Brennan, will take place at BMO located at First Canadian Place (King and Bay) from 7:30 am - 9:30 am.
MLS 2009 BEST XI:
GOALKEEPER (1): Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)
DEFENDERS (3): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle Sounders FC)
FORWARDS (2): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas)
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