• Monday Jun 05, 2017

    CONCACAF Q&A: Dwayne De Rosario (Retired, Canada)

    Dwayne De Rosario (pictured) played for Canada from 1998-2015. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    Before retiring in 2015, Canada’s Dwayne De Rosario competed in five editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and was a member of the squad that captured the 2000 title – the only time the trophy was lifted by a nation other than Mexico or the United States. He also played in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and enjoyed an outstanding career in Major League Soccer, scoring 104 goals in 343 regular-season games with five different clubs. Canada’s all-time leading scorer took some time to speak to CONCACAF.com about his career. 

    How old were you when you first started to play football?

    I was born kicking a football, so I guess it was a natural thing. I started when I was three-years-old and since then I knew football was the sport for me. It is the game that I truly love. 

    Growing up, who were your footballing heroes?

    Some of the footballing heroes or players I enjoyed watching were Pele, Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Romario and George Weah just to name a few. They truly were special individuals. 

    Tell us a little bit about your family roots.

    Well, I was born in Canada, but I have Guyanese roots. Both my mother and father were born in Guyana, but moved to Canada a little before I was born in the 70’s. Despite that though, my dad worked in Jamaica for a few years, so I did go to school in Jamaica for a little while. But I have Guyanese roots. 

    You played for Canada in the 1997 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Malaysia. What was that experience like for you?

    The youth World Cup is every kid’s dream before playing in a senior World Cup, so to play in a U-20 World Cup was a wonderful experience for me. Scoring against Hungary in a 2-1 win to advance to the Round of 16 of the tournament was a personal highlight for me. 

    The years 2000 and 2001 were memorable years for you. In 2000, you were part of the Canada team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup and in 2001 you played in the FIFA Confederations Cup. What were these experiences like?

    The Confederations Cup was an amazing experience in Japan. Our group was very difficult with the likes of Brazil, the co-host Japan and Cameroon, but the experience was helpful towards my development as a player. The Gold Cup is along those same lines as well, but to win that tournament was also as special as playing in a FIFA tournament like the Confederations Cup. 

    You Canada’s all-time leading scorer with 22 goals in 81 appearances. Do you have a favorite goal?

    Every goal for your country is special, Every game for Canada is special, so it's really hard to choose one over the other. 

    For the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada is in Group A with French Guiana, Honduras and Costa Rica. What are your thoughts on Canada’s chances to progress?

    It is a tough group for Canada. I am looking forward to a good showing as we are in a rebuilding process. I am really looking forward to what the youth have to offer now. 

    What advice do you have for youths who want to play football professionally?

    Although playing professionally for 20 years was a great experience for my career, it's important for youths to understand it's not an easy road and there will be many challenges before you reap the good times. I think there are a lot more opportunities today then there were. It all depends on one’s drive, commitment and discipline as well as an open mind to always want to learn and develop.

     

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