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OMG! What a Goal: De Rosario notches 100th with brave header

All-Star nominations, MLS Cup championships, Goal of the Year honors, MLS Most Valuable Player awards: Dwayne De Rosario has accomplished just about everything on offer in Major League Soccer.

The 34-year-old Canadian remains fit, hungry and effective, however, and he racked up yet another rare milestone on Wednesday night, thumping a Nick DeLeon cross into the net for his 100th career regular-season goal, joining an exclusive club of only seven players who have ever reached triple figures in goalscoring.

The strike was not enough to prevent the New  York Red Bulls from stealing a 2-2 draw from De Rosario’s D.C. United squad thanks to a late goal by Wilman Conde. All the same, it deserves praise and admiration for the instincts and athleticism it displayed, above and beyond its significance as his 100th.

The most potent weapon in United’s attack, “DeRo” is not known for his heading skills yet he showed skill, bravery and timing to slip in between New York defender Markus Holgersson and goalkeeper Bill Gaudette and nod home from 18 yards out.

“The ball is in the air and I figured I’m either going to wake up tomorrow and wonder what happened or I’ll put it in the back of the net,” said De Rosario. “It was a [risk] that I was willing to take. I’ve seen a lot of players get on the wrong side of it, but I was able to put my head under it and score that goal and get my 100th off my back.”

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