June 18, 2012
Source: Red Bulls turn down request to honor De Ro if he scores 100th goal Sunday
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Ex-Red Bull Dwayne De Rosario has scored 98 MLS goals.
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
If D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario scores his 100th Major League Soccer goal on Sunday evening at Red Bull Arena, the league would like the game halted to honor the accomplishment. The Red Bulls declined the request from MLS to honor a former player now playing for the club’s deepest rival.
A league source, speaking to BigAppleSoccer.com on the condition of anonymity, said that MLS has made the request of the Red Bulls to stop the match should the Canadian international score two goals to reach the century mark.
“The league saw the tribute by the supporters for Juan Pablo Angel when he returned to Red Bull Arena a few weeks ago and they wanted to know if New York would honor DeRosario’s accomplishment,” the source said.
Different time and different place, certainly, as Angel was a club legend and DeRosario’s short tenture with the Red Bulls was mired by inconsistency.
De Rosario is sitting on 98 goals. A former league MVP and six times a member of the MLS Best XI, DeRosario was traded to the Red Bulls from Toronto F.C. last year and played two months with the club, scoring twice before being traded to D.C. He was dealt in June, seemingly never able to settle in with the Red Bulls.
The Red Bulls acquired midfielder Dax McCarty in the trade, who has been a revelation in the New York midfield this season.
The Red Bulls declined comment.
The Red Bulls host United on Sunday night in a match featuring two of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference.
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