Today, the Canadian Soccer Association announced the list of nominees for the BMO Canadian Players of the Year Award. Among the list was D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario. The award will be voted on by Canadian media and coaches.
De Rosario appeared in five matches for the Canadian National Team in 2012, notching one goal, a game-winner over Panama in World Cup Qualifying. With 71 total appearances and 20 goals, De Rosario is Canada's all-time leading goal scorer.
2012 BMO Canadian Player of the Year nominees:
- Patrice Bernier | CAN / Impact Montréal / Brossard, QC
- Julian de Guzman | USA / FC Dallas / Scarborough, ON
- Dwayne De Rosario | USA / DC United | Scarborough, ON
- André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo | Hudson, QC
- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball | Edmonton, AB
- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven | Brampton, ON
- Kevin McKenna | GER / FC Köln | Calgary, AB
- Olivier Occean | GER / Eintracht Frankfurt | Brossard, QC
- other selection/ autre
On the heels of the announcement that D.C. United and midfielder Branko Boskovic would part ways, fans of the club took to Twitter to share their gratitude for all that the Montenegrin has done for the Black-and-Red.
— ben (@beardyblue) November 21, 2012
— James Armold (@armoldjp) November 21, 2012
— Anne Gustaveson (@annegusgirl) November 21, 2012
More credit to Boscovic: With issues back home, he never played like his thoughts were elsewhere. A true professional. #DCU
— Kim Kolb (@NestDevil09) November 21, 2012
Say what you want about Branko, but when DeRo went down, if he wasn't here, we would not have made the playoffs, best of luck to him #DCU
— DCUparagon (@DCUparagon) November 21, 2012
Branko Branko Branko Boskovic! Brankooo... Boskovic! Thanks for the memories, esp the diving header.@dcunited
— The Ferbear (@FerToTheBear) November 21, 2012
— Steven (@Morocco_Mole) November 21, 2012
— Anne Gustaveson (@annegusgirl) November 21, 2012
On Monday evening, D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen sat courtside with his fiance at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. The Indiana native was in attendance to watch the Washington Wizards versus the Indiana Pacers game. (Photos by Jose Argueta)
Chris Singleton of the Washington Wizards
Perry Kitchen with his fiancée
Major League Soccer today announced that Chicago Fire defender Austin Berry is the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year. D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon finished second in the voting.
DeLeon played in 28 matches (25 starts) is his first professional season and broke the club's rookie goal-scoring record with six goals. The talented winger also scored two goals in four matches during the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs.
DeLeon is United's fourth consecutive MLS Rookie of the Year finalist. He is the third player to come in second (Pontius - 2009, Kitchen - 2011). Andy Najar won the award in 2010.
Below is a breakdown of the voting:
|PLAYER||% CLUB VOTES||% MEDIA VOTES||% PLAYER VOTES||WEIGHTED TOTAL|
|Austin Berry (CHI)||51.79||56.92||31.96||140.67|
|Nick DeLeon (DC)||25||26.15||22.68||73.83|
|Darren Mattocks (VAN)||7.14||4.62||14.43||26.19|
|Luis Silva (TOR)||10.71||1.54||7.22||18.93|
|Connor Lade (NY)||0||1.54||7.22||8.76|
Thanks again for a fantastic season to all our fans & supporter groups #vamosunited very proud to captain this team. Felt good to be back...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) November 19, 2012
great season, fans the atmosphere tonight was a memorable one. Thank you very much. Bright future we have.
— Nick DeLeon(@NickDeLeon7) November 19, 2012
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) November 19, 2012
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) November 19, 2012
I want say thanks to all our DcUnited fans, YOU guys are great, Very proud of My Teammates,Love play for this Club....
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) November 19, 2012
Campers at the Dero Development and Power Training camp in Ontario are cheering for United
D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario holds soccer clinics in Toronto throughout the year. Players at a recent camp sent in the above mobile phone video wishing DeRo good luck ahead of Sunday's decisive Eastern Conference Final match. Learn more on DeRoUnited.com
DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray took to Twitter on Friday evening to tell reporters he would not be able to attended Sunday's Eastern Conference Final, but that we was still rooting for United.
— Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) November 16, 2012
A report out today from TopDrawerSoccer.com offers some quotes from D.C. United U-16 Academy player, Gerson Umana.
Umana is currently tied for first in scoring among USSF Development Academy U-16 players with nine goals. “It’s really all team work,” Umana told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I think as a team we are really complete [and] my coach is making me into a better player.”
Leading into the MLS Eastern Conference Championship match, United players and coaches will hit the airwaves to talk about the importance of Sunday’s match against the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know in order to tune-in and hear from D.C. United directly.
- Defender Robbie Russell will be on Sirius XM FC at 5:05 p.m.: LISTEN
- Midfielder Nick DeLeon on with Extra Time Radio: LISTEN
- Head Coach Ben Olsen on with LaVar and Dukes at 6:00 p.m.: LISTEN AGAIN
- Goalkeeper Coach Pat Onstad with TEAM 1410 radio in Vancouver, BC at 6:15 p.m.: LISTEN
- Midfielder Dwayne De Rosario on with the Junkies at 8:45 a.m.: LISTEN