Attacking midfielder Dwayne DeRosario could end his career in the city where he was born and raised.
Toronto FC re-acquired the former D.C. United player in Stage Two of last week’s re-entry draft.
The 36-year-old player scored three goals in 24 appearances this season with D.C. United after being Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Most Valuable Player and top goal scorer two seasons ago with 16 goals and 12 assists in 18 games
What looked like it was going to be a challenging year midway through 2011 turned into a dream season for DeRosario who became the first Canadian to win the MLS Most Valuable Player award, capturing 72.7 per cent of the votes by media, players and club officials, with the percentage of each group totalled.
A four-time Canadian Player of the Year, DeRosario played two games that season with Toronto FC, which he joined in 2008, before being traded to the New York Bulls.
Meanwhile, Canada is in the same group with Ghana, Germany and Korea DPR for the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica next year.
The 16-team tournament takes place in four stadiums from March 15 to April 4.
“It’s exciting to know the results of the draw,” said coach Bev Priestman. “This tournament will provide our players with the experience of playing against high level opponents. That experience will help our players as they progress in the future.”
In the first round, Canada faces Germany on March 15, Korea DPR three days later and Ghana on March 22.
Canada is the only Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Associations of Soccer (CONCACAF) nation to have qualified for all four editions of the junior World Cup.
Nigeria, China, Mexico and Colombia are in Group “D”, the Group “A” competitors are host country Costa Rica, Venezuela, Zambia and Italy and Spain, New Zealand, Paraguay and Japan will play in Group “C”.
And, former Toronto FC team and player operations director Earl Cochrane has been named Canada Soccer’s acting deputy general secretary.
In that role, he will oversee Canada Soccer’s administration, including sport governance, discipline and appeals, player registration and transfers and national competitions. He will also be responsible for member relations with Canada Soccer’s Provincial/Territorial Associations, professional leagues and clubs and other national sport and multi-sport organizations.
“Earl is an organized and versatile sports professional whose experience will be extremely valuable to our organization as we prepare for two of the most important years to date for our sport in this country,” said Canada Soccer general secretary Peter Montopoli.
Cochrane played university soccer at Carleton University and also professionally in Asia. He previously worked for Canada Soccer as national teams’ manager for five years up until 2005 before becoming director of communications. He was also the director of communications of D.C. United for two years before returning to Canada. In 2006 he joined Toronto FC and became the academy director in April 2007.
Appointed interim general manager of Toronto FC on Sept 14, 2010, he served as director of team and player operations following the appointment of Toronto FC’s new management team in January 2011, a position he held until the summer of 2013