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September 1, 2011
Ex-Red Bull De Rosario MLS player of month

When Dwayne De Rosario was a Red Bull before he joined D.C. United and regained his old touch.
When Dwayne De Rosario was a Red Bull before he joined D.C. United and regained his old touch.
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Just a little more sand kicked into the face of the Red Bulls.

D.C. United and former Red Bulls midfielder Dwayne De Rosario was named the MLS player of the month for August by the North American Soccer Reporters on Thursday.

De Rosario scored three goals and added two assists last month, helping United move to within a point of the final playoff spot.

United acquired De Rosario in a trade with the Red Bulls for miidfielder Dax McCarty on June 27 and he sometimes has been a one-man show for D.C., connecting for six goals in eight appearances for the club. De Rosario has played for four other MLS clubs in his career, and scored in games against three of those clubs since joining D.C.

De Rosario scored three goals in a 3-3 draw between United and Toronto FC, where he played from 2009 until the beginning of the 2011 season, on Aug. 6. He capped a wild game with a late equalizer, scoring from the penalty spot in the 88th minute to complete his hat-trick.

De Ro was named MLS player of the week for Weeks 20 and 21, after registering multi-goal games in consecutive weeks against San Jose and Toronto.

His nine goals have him tied for fifth in the league. The Canadian midfielder has scored 86 goals and is in 10th place in MLS history.

De Rosario has won four MLS Cups, is the only player to be named MLS Cup MVP twice, is a six-time MLS all-star, and scored the MLS Goal of the Year in both 2004 and 2005.

This was the second time De Rosario has been named MLS player of the month, after earning the honor in October, 2005 with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Other players receiving multiple first-choice votes from NASR members for August player of the month were Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Mauro Rosales, Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor and Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro.
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