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 is 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. “DeRo My Life “ is now available via Indigo & Barnes & Noble and he will be embarking on a North American media tour to promote the book this summer.
DeRo My Life:
The autobiography of the best male soccer player to ever come out of Canada. Before Beckham, Kaká, or Zlatan, DeRo was the godfather of Major League Soccer.
“But instead of celebrating with my go-to shake n’ bake DeRo shuffle, I ran towards the cameras on the sideline and mockingly wrote myself a big fat cheque. I didn’t plan it. It just happened like that. I’d been playing with this weight on my shoulders, for weeks. That was the next thing on my mind, so it was just my natural reaction to celebrate like that. And I felt great. I had no idea that would be the beginning of the end of my marriage with TFC.”
“My love of the game started in Toronto. I was so blessed to play professionally in my hometown. It was really special to me to close the book on my career at home too. It was harder than I thought it would be. I went through the whole world of emotions on the day of my retirement press conference. I didn’t want a flashy suit this time. I didn’t want a big room filled with reporters that didn’t know me or didn’t care about soccer. I just wanted to get up there and put a bow on things for my family, my community, and everyone who helped me along the way.”
DeRo is the life story of one of the greatest athletes Canada has ever produced.
About Dwayne De Rosario:
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 the 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.
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. DeRo 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.
Dwayne De Rosario played 18 seasons of professional soccer, winning four MLS Cups and a CONCACAF Gold Cup for Canada. The Beautiful Game took him around the world, but his heart has always been in Scarborough. In retirement, he trained 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 the Score, FOX Soccer, and Sportsnet.