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NYRB deny making error in trading De Rosario to DC United

New York Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler insists the club did not make a mistake in trading Dwayne De Rosario earlier this year.

The 33-year old Canadian international was acquired from Toronto FC in early April but was moved on to DC United in late June after 13 MLS appearances.

De Rosario went on to score 13 goals in 18 matches for DC, giving him the Golden Boot with 16 goals, but Soler says the Red Bulls would not have benefitted that much from the attacking midfielder.

"I don't think we made any mistakes with the De Rosario trade,'' Soler said.

"Any individual that you bring into a new environment, there could be a blossoming. Other times, it works out differently. De Rosario was a great player when he came; he was a great player when he left. He didn't score the goals for us that we hoped.

"But…we scored 46 goals from five different players. De Rosario would've never scored 15 goals for us, because we have other players scoring goals. We needed more power in the midfield, and we did a trade and were happy with the trade. The trade helped us get into the playoffs. D.C. did not get into the playoffs.

"My worry is about how the team does, and I think the team did well in the end. We're happy to build on the squad we have. I don't think De Rosario was a mistake; it was something we did, something we tried. It didn't work out so we did another trade and got another good player in the squad and we're happy with that."

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