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MVP times 2: De Rosario 1st with 2 MVPs from Major League Soccer finals

MVP times 2: De Rosario 1st with 2 MVPs from Major League Soccer finals

Dwayne De Rosario's little son toted around the crystal trophy given to the MVP of the Major League Soccer final on Sunday. Didn't Dad want to carry it? Well, he already has.
De Rosario set up Houston's tying score, then netted the winning goal 13 minutes later, leading the Dynamo to a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution for a second consecutive MLS championship.
"I score big goals because I have big players around me," De Rosario said.
He came through previously in the 2001 MLS Cup, too, scoring the winning goal in the injury time for the San Jose Earthquakes to earn MVP honors then.
De Rosario is the first player to twice be the MVP of the MLS Cup and the first player to score the winning goal in two finals.
He broke Sunday's tie in the 74th minute, rising near the penalty spot to head a cross just inside the right post.
"I've seen some great goals in some big games," Revolution defender Jay Heaps said, "but I thought that was real big."
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NOW THAT'S AN OLD RECORD: By playing in the MLS Cup, Steve Ralston tied a record so old and obscure that he didn't even know it existed until a few days ago.
The New England midfielder played in his 370th MLS game on Sunday, equaling the career record for appearances in a major U.S. soccer league. He tied the record held by Bill McPherson, who played in the American Soccer League that existed from 1921-31.
"I didn't know anything about it," Ralston said. "He played a while ago, that's all I know."
The record was compiled by historians at the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum. They considered only three U.S. leagues to be worthy of topflight status: The old ASL, the North American Soccer League (1967-84) and MLS (1996-present).
Ralston is one of only seven players who have been in every season since MLS was launched. He was the league's first rookie of the year in 1996.
Now that he knows about the record, he thinks it's pretty neat.
"It's something I'm proud of," he said. "I've tried to go out and play every game and be relied upon and feel like I can contribute and be wanted."
He helped on New England's goal on Sunday, but Houston went on to win 2-1. Ralston left in the 78th minute after having problems with cramps.
"I don't know what's wrong with my body. ... For some reason, my muscles were locking up out there," Ralston said.
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AP Sports Writers Joseph White and Brian Trusdell contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-10-18 19:56 GMT+08:00