August 2011: De Rosario dominates against former clubs

It's a good thing that the Houston Dynamo has completed their season series with D.C. United because there is no telling what Canadian international midfielder Dwayne De Rosario would do to his former team.

As it is, De Rosario has become quite a headache and menace against his former clubs this season, connecting for six goals in those three matches. On July 9, De Rosario scored the lone goal of D.C.’s 1-0 defeat of the New York Red Bulls. On July 31, De Ro recorded a brace in United’s 2-0 triumph at the San Jose Earthquakes.

And on Saturday night, De Rosario struck for a hat-trick in United’s wild, 3-3 home draw with Toronto FC at RFK Stadium, despite D.C. playing with 10 men for virtually the entire Major League Soccer match after goalkeeper Bill Hamid was red carded in the seventh minute.

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Dwayne De Rosario #7 of D.C. United dribbles the ball against the Toronto FC. He scored three goals. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. (Photo: Getty Images)

De Rosario’s final goal, a penalty kick in the 88th minute, closed out one memorable match.

De Ro became the first MLS player to score for three different teams in the same season, also connecting for the Red Bulls and Toronto FC. Toronto traded him to the Red Bulls for midfielder Tony Tchani and defender-midfielder Danleigh Borman on April Fool's Day. Playing in the shadow of Thierry Henry, the Red Bulls and the world never saw the true De Rosario. So he was dealt to D.C. United for midfielder Dax McCarty on June 27.

Since then he has been the hottest player in the league, winning the MLS Player of the Week twice in the last fortnight.

“It was a good feeling to help my team get points,” De Rosario said. “Whether it’s against Toronto or not, that doesn’t really matter to me. I try to play every game with the same mentality."

De Rosario has energized an attack that was lethargic the first three months of the season.

“Dwayne was unbelievable,” United coach Ben Olsen said. “He’s an absolute stud, a winner, and we’re very happy he’s here.”

Obviously, Toronto wasn’t.

“Dwayne has done well with any team he’s played for, and he was able to prove it again today,” Toronto midfielder Julian de Guzman said. "To some extent, we gave too much respect to him. A lot of the plays that were created from D.C. went through him and I don’t think we were able to get enough players on him.

"He was able to prove himself again as one of the greatest players ever to play in MLS.”

Two teenagers scored their first professional goals over weekend

Luis Gil, 17, scored the second goal for Real Salt Lake in its 3-0 victory over the struggling New York Red Bulls. Nat Borchers and Costa Rican National Team forward Alvaro Saborio struck against New York, which has a five-game winless streak.

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Luis Gil #21of Real Salt Lake kicks the ball and scores a goal as Rafael Marquez #4 of the New York Red Bulls looks on. Real Salt Lake beat the New York Red Bulls 3-0. (Photo: Getty Images)


In the New England Revolution's 3-2 defeat to Chivas USA, 16-year-old Diego Fagundez drew a penalty two minutes after his arrival as a second-half substitute and tallied in the 83rd minute. Grenada National Team and New England midfielder Shalrie Joseph converted a penalty kick. Venezuelan international striker Alejandro Moreno, back from recently completed Copa America, scored twice and Nick LaBrocca also netted for Chivas.

Pair of 14-game unbeaten streaks were snapped last week

On Wednesday, the Portland Timbers ended the Los Angeles Galaxy's streak behind a 3-0 victory as new addition Mike Chabala, Jorge Perlaza and Eric Bruner found the back of the net.

Sporting Kansas City saw its streak go by the wayside on Saturday as it lost a 1-0 lead late in the game. Mauro Rosales netted a goal in the 90th minute and Lamar Neagle added another two minutes into stoppage time to power the Seattle Sounders FC to a 2-1 victory. It was Kansas City's first loss since May 21. Four days earlier, Kansas City blanked Real Salt Lake at home, 2-0. El Salvadoran international Roger Espinoza, who was red carded later in the match, the hosts all the scoring they needed before Teal Bunbury added an insurance goal several minutes later.

Los Angelesbounce back to lengthen league lead

The Galaxy rebounded with a 3-1 home triumph over FC Dallas on Saturday. English international David Beckham set up all three goals - by Omar Gonzalez, Juninho and Mike Magee. LA moved six points ahead of Dallas in the Western Conference.

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As Jorge Perlaza #15 of the Portland Timbers watches the shot by Mike Chabala (not pictured) into the goal of Josh Saunders #12 of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Timbers won 3-0. (Photo: Getty Images)


Alan Gordon struck for his first goal for the San Jose Earthquakes, which lifting the team into a 1-1 tie with the Timbers. U.S. international Kenny Cooper had given Portland the lead.

Former Mexican international midfielder Pavel Pardo scored in his Chicago Fire debut in a 1-1 tie with the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday. Philadelphia had taken the lead on Veljko Paunovic's 30-yard blast. On Sunday, however, Pardo could not perform more magic for the Fire, which went down to a 4-2 defeat at the Vancouver Whitecaps. Eric Hassli scored two goals and set up another and Gershon Koffie and Camilo added goals. Dominic Oduro and Orr Barouch made the score sheet for Chicago.

The Chicago match turned out to be the second time within four days that the Union lost the lead and settled for a 1-1 draw. Geoff Cameron scored in the 85th minute to boost the Houston Dynamo into a 1-1 deadlock. Jack McItnerney tallied his first goal of the season for Philadelphia.

Brian Mullan connected for his first goal of the season and Jamaican international striker Omar Cummings scored his third for the Colorado Rapids in their 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew.