Confirmed: A New York Red Bulls press release just confirmed it. DeWayne DeRosario is a Red Bull.
Update: As of 12:30 PM PST the deal was not announced as official. Reports suggest some snags or that other teams–Houston, a good fit, but old stomping grounds–are in play.
Hell of a gambit here by the New York Red Bulls as they add Dwayne DeRosario in a trade with Toronto FC, according to Fox Soccer’s Ives Galarcep.
The trade sends Tony Tchani, Danleigh Borman and a first round pick in 2012, according to Galarcep.
Two cents: Hell of a lot of bite just added to the Red Bulls who just upped the ante in their arms race against the Los Angeles Galaxy and RSL in a bid for the Supporter’s Shield and beyond.
DeRosario is the type of midfielder that will give both those squads fits because of his strength on the ball. Add in DeRosario with Joel Lindpere, Mehdi Ballouchy (or Taino) and Dane Richards and there is quite a diverse group of skillsets there.
As for Toronto, the club rid itself of a quality player but one who had become a cancer to the team. While Toronto’s hand was forced and DeRosario is getting long in the tooth, this trade falls closer to “Carmelo Anthony” than “Pau Gasol.”
Tchani and Borman are nice players–Tchani with more upside–and for the life of me I can’t figure out who else could be a player here. As in ready to content, can spend some money.
A good fit actually would have been the Dynamo, but obviously that wasn’t happening.