Dwayne De Rosario of Toronto FC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
8. Dwayne De Rosario makes a statement
In a season that saw TFC fall agonizingly short of their first ever MLS playoff berth, the third campaign in club history saw them deliver on the domestic front.
The Canadian Championship has produced some wild moments for all three of Canada’s MLS sides, but the 2009 version saw one of the most chaotic finishes ever, and had fans from coast to coast with their eyes glued on Stade Saputo in Montreal for the final match of the tournament.
Long the shining star in an otherwise cloudy sky, Dwayne De Rosario was Giovinco before Giovinco. Still an active supporter of the team today, he truly is a club legend. On this summer night in 2009, that legend grew a little more.
Montreal opened the scoring, but De Rosario was on a mission. He scored the first three TFC goals of the match, culminating in a 49th-minute strike that found just enough room under the arm of goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic.
Still, due to Vancouver’s stellar performances all tournament long, the Reds needed to find the net three more times to bring home the Voyageurs Cup on goal differential. Armado Guevara scored in the 68th to keep them in contention.
Substitute Chad Barrett found the net in the 82nd to tie TFC with Vancouver across the board. Then, in the 90th, Guevara slotted home a perfectly placed cross-crease pass, winning Toronto FC its first trophy in club history.