Salt, meet wound.
In a season wrought with disappointment, the New York Red Bulls have one more item to check off on their list of regrets now that D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has been named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
New York acquired De Rosario on April 1 from Toronto FC, but ended up shipping him off to Washington in late June to "save money," a move that just so happened to coincide with the team's on-field struggles.
De Rosario finished the season with a league-best 16 goals and 12 assists, but told media members in his acceptance speech (via ESPN) that he would much rather be mixing it up in the playoffs than at home polishing his trophy.
"Believe me, it took a lot out of me to go out there and perform at 100 percent. I knew once I crossed the lines, I had to give it all for every team. If I could exchange this to play [in the playoffs] on Sunday, I would in a heartbeat. I've never played for personal achievements. I play for team accomplishments. Fortunately, I had people everywhere that took me into their team and allowed me to adapt. I'm happy with where I ended up, with a great organization and great teammates."
De Rosario, who received 72.72 percent of the votes, is not only the first Canadian to win the award, but also the first to win it from a team that missed the postseason.
The Red Bulls, who failed to live up to preseason expectations, limped into the playoffs and found themselves quickly eliminated by the Los Angeles Galaxy.