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Bound for Bhoys? Don’t ask TFC

Sign this or I'll sign for Celtic!

Besides the fact that Tottenham can apparently defend as well with 10 men as they can with 11, the strangest story in football this week has to be Dwayne De Rosario’s dalliance with Celtic, and how little Toronto FC claim to know about it. As surprise announcements go, it’s a saga with far more grips, twists and turns than Newcastle’s Jose Enrique’s taking to the Twitterverse to spread news of an injury.

DeRo, who you might remember from his “show me the money” cheque-signing celebration after a superb goal this season, also caught his team off guard, or so they’d have us think, when news broke that he was to have a one-week trial with the Glaswegians. TFC first denied the story, but having their player get off a plane in Scotland made that look foolish, so they claimed it was news to them, too.

De Rosario is under contract for two more years, but his brother insists TFC was aware of the move, and happily made it sound as though the Scarborough-born Canadian international could make a long-term move to the SPL.  “If it’s long-term for a loan or he comes back has yet to be determined,” Mark De Rosario told the Toronto Star. “If it works out, fine, we’ll work on the particulars (between TFC and Celtic) later.”

Someone is full of shit here, maybe both sides, and it stinks pretty bad. Expect this one to get weirder before it makes sense. It’s hard to blame De Rosario for wanting to bail on the rudderless ship that is Toronto FC, still listing along without a coach or full-time GM. But while fans may wish the somewhat mercurial DeRo the best, they should be sharpening their knives for the stuffed-shirt stooges who run the team.

Ian Harrison

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I’m on a boat!!

Spain brought the World Cup to Madrid and touched off a celebration that had everyone in the country flying the same flag for once. Even Fernando Torres wore his country’s colours for this one, while perky Paraguayan Larissa Riqulme lauded her Latin cousins by wearing almost nothing.

The Dutch? They brought silver medals back to Amsterdam for the third time, possibly the best footballing nation never to win the big one. But no one was going to let these boys go home without a party, so they hauled out a canal boat, told everyone when to duck for low bridges, pounded some beers and floated through the city to the delight of hundreds of thousands. Rock and roll my friends. We of At The Rails like a party as much as the next person, whether it brings countries together or just gets them out on waterways filled with e-coli and discarded bicycles and shopping carts. Our kudos to both finalists from World Cup 2010 for their memorable performances.

Speaking of memorable performances, local boy Dwayne De Rosario has been picked in the starting XI for the MLS in their July 28 summer classic against Manchester United in Houston, a roster probably deservedly full of Galaxy and Salt Lake players. It’s the fifth straight selection for DeRo, who missed last year’s game because it conflicted with a game in Puerto Rico. The only two-time MLS Cup MVP, he’s scored a team-high eight goals this season .

Check back later to see why Dr. Z says it’s never too early to start thinking about Brazil 2014…and who might be there.

Ian Harrison

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