Soccer: Scarborough’s Dwayne De Rosario is on track for being named MLS MVP. In this the 11th year of his spectacular career, De Rosario was traded twice. The first only 29 days into the season with Toronto saw him in New York in exchange for Tony Tchani and Danleigh Borman. The trade was as a result of a contract dispute. The second trade, 13 games later was to DC United for midfielder Dax McCarty that allowed DC to free up cap room. De Rosario has twice been named MLS Cup MVP while winning four championships and been on the Best XI five times. He also is in a tie with Dale Mitchell for all-time leading scorer on Canada’s National Team with 19 goals and has currently been participating in Canada’s attempt for a berth at the World Cup. The MLS MVP has so far eluded him but many believe that his time is now.
MLS rookie Ashtone Morgan received his first call-up to the Canadian National Team for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers which were held Oct. 7th in St. Lucia (Canada won 7-0) and Oct. 11th in Toronto against Puerto Rico (scoreless tie). The 20-year old, who joined the TFC Youth Academy at 16, had a stellar year with Toronto beginning on March 26 when he debuted with the team in the final three minutes in a game against Portland at BMO field. After paying his dues on the bench, he got his chance when injuries, trades and a rush of games and travel in both the MLS and CONCACAF Champions League allowed him to show what he could do. His electrifying speed and solid defense resulted in more playing time – h e appeared in nine of the team’s matches and all seven of the Champions League games – three as a starter. Morgan graduated from Northern Secondary School and had several scholarship offers from US schools but decided to turn pro instead. Parents Wayne and Colette Morgan, although disappointed when their son made that decision are extremely proud and totally supportive, attending all home games and at least one (sometimes both) parent has traveled to games in Spain, France and England over the year.
Football – CFL: Quarterback Damon Allen will enter the Canadian Football Hall of Fame next year. Allen, who played 23 years in the CFL, retired after the 2007 season as league leader in passing yards (72,381), touchdowns (394) and completions (5,158). All three records were broken this year by Montreal’s Anthony Calvillo but Allen is still the league’s top rushing quarterback with 11,920 yards. That total makes him #3 all-time rusher behind Michael “Pinball” Clemons (16,425) and George Reed (16,116).
Winnipeg’s Milt Stegall and Tyrone Jones will also be inducted. Stegall spent his entire 14-year career with the Blue Bombers. Jones will be honored posthumously. He spent most of his career (1983-87, 1989-91) with Winnipeg. Diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2005, he passed June 10, 2008 at the age of 46.
B.C. Lions and Toronto Argos owner David Braley will enter the Hall of Fame as a builder along with Calgary Dinos head coach Peter Connellan.
Marathon: Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara won his 4th straight Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2:09.49. Shami Dawit of Ethiopia was second only two seconds back. The race included 100-year old Fauja Singh who became the oldest runner to ever complete a marathon. He crossed the finish line after 8 hours, 25 minutes, 17 seconds.