The USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Star Dwayne De Rosario is expected to arrive in Guyana tomorrow and will conduct a coaching clinic with 52 children between the ages of 10 and 18 years at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground on Sunday December 22.
De Rosario, whose parents are Guyanese, has never visited Guyana and has expressed his delight on not only making his maiden voyage to the Land of Many Waters, but also excited to impart his knowledge of the game to the youths of the Mining Town
De Rosario who now plays with Toronto FC, is said to be the face of the MLS, having won the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2011, MLS Golden Boot (2011), MLS Goal of the Year (2004, 2005), MLS Cup Most Valuable Player (2001, 2007), Toronto FC Player of the Year (2009), Canadian Player of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011) and Canadian Championship Golden Boot (2009, 2010).
The clinic is hosted by the Kashif and Shanghai Organisation in conjunction with another over-seas Guyanese Garth Nelson and according to Kashif Muhammad, they are extremely happy to have the Canadian as part of their plan for youth football and their tournament.
“It’s an honour for us to have Dwayne De Rosario here and we know that the kids will also embrace him and accept his knowledge that he would be looking to impart. I think this is great for children to have a top flight professional player here in Guyana and I must say that we are welcome to host him” Muhammad said.
He also mentioned that this is “part of what we at the Kashif and Shanghai Organisation had planned for our school’s tournament and we teamed up with Garth Nelson of the USA to actually make this happen”
In an invited comment, speaking from his home in New York, Nelson who also hails from Linden said that he had actually thrown the idea to have De Rosario in Guyana to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) but mediation fell through and as such, Kashif and Shanghai stepped up to make it happen.
“What we wanted to do really is make it a longer stint where he can actually spend some more time with the kids, but I think what he is more excited about is returning to the home of his parents and seeing the kids play in the school tournament. He’s in Trinidad presently, doing the same thing that he’s going to be doing in Linden” Nelson said.
Nelson said that while De Rosario has never visited Guyana, he speaks with a deep Guyanese accent “He’s really deep with his Guyanese culture and this is because of his parents and family who are all Guyanese so he knows everything about Guyana but never really got a chance to visit because playing football is all he does basically”
De Rosario is also Canada’s all-time leading goal scorer
De Rosario Honours
San Jose Earthquakes
Major League Soccer MLS Cup: 2001, 2003
Major League Soccer Supporters Shield: 2005
Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship: 2003
Major League Soccer MLS Cup: 2006, 2007
Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship: 2006, 2007
Canadian Championship: 2009, 2010
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: 2013
MLS Most Valuable Player: 2011
MLS Golden Boot: 2011
MLS Best XI (6): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
MLS Goal of the Year: 2004, 2005
MLS Cup Most Valuable Player: 2001, 2007
Toronto FC Player of the Year: 2009
Canadian Player of the Year: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011
Canadian Championship Golden Boot: 2009, 2010
George Gross Memorial Trophy: 2009, 2010
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Top Scorer: 2013
Only player in MLS history to score 20 league goals for four different clubs
Photo Caption: MLS Super Star Dwayne De Rosario and his 2011 MLS MVP Trophy