Injury limited Dwayne De Rosario’s impact towards the end of the 2012 season, and the 34-year old will be looking to bounce back stronger than ever in 2013.
‘DeRo’ is the main scoring threat for DC United, and head coach Ben Olsen will again rely on him to provide scoring punch from either an attacking midfield role or as a winger cutting inside. De Rosario can operate as a striker, but I don’t feel that this is where he best operates. He needs to be able to run at defenders, rather than playing with his back to goal.
De Rosario is a real threat from open play, but is also deadly from set pieces. Any free kick within 30 yards of goal is a legitimate goal scoring opportunity for the perennial all-star. Teams would do well to avoid conceding time and space to DeRo around the box, or free kicks, as they could very well find themselves picking the ball out of the back of the net.
Critics will suggest that De Rosario’s age will affect his ability to contribute this season. This criticism is wide of the mark, though, as De Rosario looks after his body, and should be able to carry on playing at a very high level in MLS for a few years to come.