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Dwayne De Rosario is one of MLS’s 25 Greatest Players
The autobiography of one of the best male soccer player to ever come out of Canada. Before Beckham, Kaká, Rooney, and Zlatan, DeRo was the godfather of Major League Soccer.
DeRo is the life story of one of the greatest athletes Canada has ever produced. Born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, Dwayne De Rosario wasn’t expected to make it out of high school, let alone to the top of soccer world. As part of a family of five, growing up in a one-bedroom apartment, he had to work for everything he had and sometimes that meant doing things he realized he didn’t want to do. It was soccer that saved him from a life on the street.
For the first time, Dwayne shares many heartbreaking, life-altering stories from his mischievous childhood, an upbringing that made him the hungry, successful, superstar athlete he became. His strong Caribbean heritage shaped the person and the player the world knows as a four-time MLS Cup champion, seven-time MLS All-Star, Canadian national team captain, and record goal-scorer. He helped put Canadian soccer on the map, and it’s clear that pursuit of greatness didn’t come without struggle, both on and off the field. Now, DeRo hopes to inspire, and train, the next great Canadian soccer star.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770415270
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 05/11/2021
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dwayne De Rosario played 18 seasons of professional soccer, winning four MLS Cups, a CONCACAF Gold Cup for Canada, and was named one of MLS’s 25 Greatest Players. The Beautiful Game took him around the world, but his heart has always been in Scarborough. In retirement, he trains youth for the sport, and life, at the DeRo United Futbol Academy. He lives in Markham, Ontario.
Brendan Dunlop is a sports television anchor and writer based in Toronto, Canada. He has covered World Cups, Champions League finals, and international matches for theScore, FOX Soccer, and Sportsnet.

Read an Excerpt

“Yo DeRo, I want to show you something.”
He reached into his schoolbag and pulled out a gun.
“What the f-ck are you gonna do with that?” I asked him.
Real tough guys didn’t carry guns. Nobody in my crew had a gun, and none of the gangs we would scrap with did either. So who the hell did this guy think he was?
“I’ll shoot anybody that looks at me funny,” he joked.
“You wouldn’t shoot anybody, man. You’re a b-tch.”
I laughed at him as he squared up to me. I could see in his face that my attitude was really starting to piss him off.
“I ain’t scared of no tall kid with a fake gun!”
I wasn’t scared of anybody. He looked down at the gun in his hand and started chuckling to himself.
“You’re a b-tch!” I said again. He was mad now.
He looked up at me and pointed the gun to my head.
I laughed at him. He was testing me. I wasn't afraid, but I quickly realised the gun was real. It was cold against my forehead and I could feel how heavy it was.
“Call me a ‘b-tch’ again, and I’m gonna pull the trigger!”
When you’re that age you don't fear death. I was more afraid he thought he could bully me and get away with it.
“Bro, you’re a b-tch!”

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 Started from the Bottom 1

Chapter 2 Choices 11

Chapter 3 Gun to My Head 21

Chapter 4 Scarborough to the World 27

Chapter 5 Making It 37

Chapter 6 Top of the World 49

Chapter 7 Shake 'n Bake 74

Chapter 8 DeR-O Canada 90

Chapter 9 Homecoming 107

Chapter 10 The Beginning of the End 121

Chapter 11 Craving a Bigger Stage 130

Chapter 12 Me against the World 146

Chapter 13 What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger 161

Chapter 14 Keep on Moving 176

Acknowledgements 193

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