Dwayne De Rosario has missed two D.C. United regular season matches, plus the friendly against Chivas Guadalajara, with a hip flexor ailment. In a chat Tuesday at RFK Stadium, he provided an update on his status and observations of Canada’s failed Gold Cup campaign.
How is your leg?
“It’s coming along.”
Do you feel you can build up to play Saturday at Chicago?
“That is the goal, definitely. We’ll take it one day at a time and see how I feel Saturday. We don’t want to push it and end up back at square one. It feels good right now, so hopefully by then I will be 100 percent ready to go.”
What are your thoughts on the new players with United (Luis Silva, Jared Jeffrey, Collin Martin)?
“Silva is good with the ball, finds good space and is good in possession and under pressure. He is another creative piece going forward, which will help. With the young guys coming in, it’s good for the future — for us and for them.”
Did you watch your native Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup?
What were your observations?
“It’s disappointing. Can’t say I was pleased. But it’s a rebuilding process for us. With what we have, we could have done better. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. We left the competition gaining experience, which is good, but we left scratching our heads, thinking ‘We have a ways to go.’
“These tournaments are big for Canada — they are opportunities to get quality games under our belt. The coach [Colin Miller] felt he had to make the decision to bring in some young guys, some new faces. The experience is invaluable for these games, and now they know what it takes. You look at teams like Martinique and Haiti, they are competitive and they come to beat you. [Canada lost its opener to Martinique, 1-0.] They are taking the games seriously and it’s imperative we have the same mentality.”
(Since defeating Cuba in a World Cup qualifier in Toronto last October, Canada is 0-7-2 with two goals for and 20 against.)
You are Canada’s all-time scoring leader with 20 goals and fourth in caps with 73. You are also 35 years old and have played for the senior squad since 1997. What is your future with the national side?
“When the coach called me to say he wasn’t selecting me, my immediate reaction was just to retire. It was disappointing. But I picked up an injury [with United anyway], so it worked out.
“I still think I have a lot to offer my country. I feel I can contribute at a high level. As long as I have that passion to compete at the international level, I will want to continue to play for my country.”
With World Cup qualifying done and the Gold Cup over, what happens next for Canada?
“The new coach [longtime Spanish guide Benito Floro] is coming in. I thought it was important for us to have an international coach. Hopefully he can get us some quality games at home — that is very important for us moving forward, to build the fan base. It’s vital to our development.”
Has the new coach reached out to you yet?
“Not yet. He is still getting organized. I’m hoping somewhere along the line we will have a conversation in terms of his plans for the future. If I am part of his plans or not part of his plans, then I will make my decision from there.”