New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC have made a major trade that sends Canadian International attacking Midfielder Dwayne De Rosario to the Red Bulls for Tony Tchani, Danleigh Borman and a first round pick in 2012. Ever since Amado Guevara was traded to Chivas-USA for their second Designated Player spot back in 2007, the Red Bulls have been sorely lacking a creative midfielder to help the club become a better attacking side.
This of course is a shocking development but not a surprise from De Rosario’s actions for the last couple of months as he scored a goal in a TFC match and pretended to write a check with a pen suggesting to the front office that they should show more loyalty to him.
If the Red Bulls midfield wasn’t this good before the season started, it’s about to get a lot bigger and better. De Rosario will be around with solid players like Estonian Joel Lindpere, Jamaican Dane Richards, and Finnish international Teemu Tainio. Hans Backe has said he would love to have his midfield in a diamond formation in his version of the 4-4-2 and it looks like he can slot De Rosario behind Thierry Henry and Juan Agudelo or Luke Rogers.
Once again this became a major deal for the Red Bulls who have been looking for a central creative midfield that was going to shore up some of the goal scoring that Hans Backe was desperately looking for from his club as he wasn’t sure before the season started of where the goals were coming from. But at the moment it looks like that problem has been solved as De Rosario will be with the club and ready for selection to take on his original side in the Houston Dynamo and as I understand it, they were in the hunt to retain De Rosario’s services as well.