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De Rosario named May MLS Player of the Month

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Another day, another accolade for Dwayne De Rosario. The D.C. United forward, who is with the Canadian national team preparing for Sunday’s games against the United States and two subsequent World Cup qualifiers, was named MLS Player of the Month for May.

De Rosario got eight first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters. Alan Gordon of the San Jose Earthquakes finished with six votes.

Yes, the 1-2 finishers for the Player of the Month are both ex-Toronto FC forwards. De Rosario scored four times and added two assists in the month of May, including a two-goal performance against the Reds that earned him a Player of the Week nod. The reigning league MVP now has five goals and leads MLS with eight assists  — of course, there will be that section of bitter TFC fans who give him the “MeRo” tag or refer to him as a selfish player. They continue to take comfort in their revisionist history.

How The 11 voted: De Rosario. Not only because of the goals and the helpers, but how much he’s played a part in DCU’s meteoric rise up the standings. The team is a contender for the Eastern title (though we’ll see what happens when Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls play all the games they have in hand on DCU). De Rosario isn’t just scoring goals, he’s been a catalyst for change in a club.

Gordon scored three times this month in games that were past the 88-minute mark, rescuing a grand total of five points for the Earthquakes. Yes, it’s impressive — and Gordon certainly deserves kudos for his clutch scoring. But Gordon doesn’t play 90 minutes a game. And that’s a big barrier when deciding on where to place the vote. De Ro is a player who’s an automatic starter.

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