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December 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

The curious case of the Dwayne De Rosario

Bizarre story this.

Toronto FC star Dwayne De Rosario — the same guy who expressed displeasure with his contract in a goal celebration last season — has secretly escaped to Scotland for a trial with Celtic FC without the approval of his MLS club. Photographic evidence here, as he’s pictured with ex-Sounder Freddie Ljungberg, the subject of the post below this one.

“He is a skillful, sharp and intelligent player,” said Celtic coach Neil Lennon of De Rosario in the report. “Again it’s an opportunity for us to have a look and see what he can offer us, and he’s here for a week.”

What makes this so interesting is Toronto FC had denied that De Rosario would be going anywhere in an exclusive interview with MLSsoccer.com.

“Dwayne is not going on trial with Celtic or any other club,” said Earl Cochrane, Toronto FC’s interim general manager, to the league website.

Upon realizing it was misinformed, the MLS team posted a statement on its own website this morning:

“We were unaware of Dwayne’s plan to train with Celtic and we will contact them to understand the situation. Obviously, if there is interest in a short term loan arrangement by either him or Celtic, they will need to approach us and the League formally and we will consider based on what is in TFC’s best interest.”

Toronto is yet to hire or head coach and the GM position is only filled on an interim basis. The team hasn’t yet made the playoffs in its four seasons and the prospects aren’t look good in Season 5 with its best player sneaking off in the middle of the night to train with another club. That relationship appears beyond repair, which would make you think a permanent move is more likely than a short-term loan — though TFC said De Rosario is still under contract.

Either way it’s a very bizarre situation.

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