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When the United States and Canada meet in their CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage opener in Detroit on June 7, one of the Canadians' key contributors might not be there.
New York Red Bulls manager Hans Backe told reporters on Monday that he expects Canadian international midfielder Dwayne De Rosario to skip this summer's event.
"I think he has turned that down," Backe told the New York Post. "I would be very surprised if he went for the national team. You never know, but I’m fairly sure we will have him. I don’t think he has played (much) the last two years for them. I hope (we’ll have him). Otherwise I will be disappointed."
If De Rosario, Canada's active goal leader, skips the Gold Cup, it would be a huge lift for the Red Bulls. Backe already figures to lose a handful of players to international competition this summer, with Juan Agudelo, Tim Ream, Rafa Marquez, Dane Richards and Roy Miller all likely to be selected by their respective countries.
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