De Rosario admits early return to Red Bulls bittersweet

MF turns focus back to NY after Canada eliminated from Gold Cup

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UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. — The Red Bulls' spirits were lifted Thursday
morning with the return of midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, who is back
with the club after Canada were bounced from the Gold Cup on Tuesday
following a 1-1 tie with Panama.

“Definitely bittersweet,” De Rosario said about his return to the Red
Bulls. “A tournament like that, you want see how far you can get.”

Calling Canada’s elimination “devastating,” De Rosario was disappointed
at how his national team fared in the tournament. While he wishes he
were still with the Canucks getting ready to play in the quarterfinals,
the midfielder turned his full attention back to the Red Bulls and their
MLS campaign.

On Thursday, De Rosario put in a full training shift at Montclair State
University, working mainly with the players recovering from injuries
and doing some light drills with Joel Lindpere and Teemu Tainio.

“It was good,” De Rosario said of his first training session back with
the club. “Guys were happy to see me, I was happy to see them. You look
at the locker room right now — a lot of guys are beat up. We need
numbers.”

The Red Bulls now embark on a road trip that will take them to
Portland, Seattle and Chicago, with a final stop in San Jose. De Rosario
knows that he will be counted on to play almost immediately, as the Red
Bulls are still without regulars Juan Agudelo, Rafa Márquez, Tim Ream
and Dane Richards, and have an ailing Luke Rodgers battling a heel
injury.

For a player who went through three tough matches with Canada plus
plenty of air travel, it is shaping up to be another grueling test.

“Right now, thankfully, I came out of the tournament healthy,” De
Rosario said. “Just have to monitor my body, play it smart. The big
thing right now is the games.”

And while teammate Thierry Henry said that he was glad to have De
Rosario back, he definitely wasn’t rooting against De Ro and Canada.
Head coach Hans Backe, however, was a little more open with his response
to the return of the midfielder.

“I was pretty happy,” Backe said.

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