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York United Osaze De Rosario

‘Fortunate To Add A Player Like Him’: De Rosario Joins Tacoma Defiance

By on March 20, 2024 0 620 Views

York United has confirmed the sale of striker Osaze De Rosario to the Tacoma Defiance in a move that did not see the financial terms disclosed – though we’ve heard the deal came about with sell-on clauses as the primary factor.

The 22-year-old striker joins Washington’s MLS NEXT Pro side after spending the last two seasons with York United, where he tallied nineteen goals and six assists throughout all competitions following his arrival from Ukraine.

“We are fortunate to be able to add a player like Osaze to the Defiance roster,” says Sounders FC Director of Development Wade Webber.

“The game is ultimately about putting the ball in the net and he brings with him a varied attacking skill set and strong desire to get into positions to score. With the way Defiance sets out to create repeatable goal scoring situations, we are confident he can be the sort of player to convert those chances.”

York United Osaze De Rosario
Photo Credit: John Jacques

Osaze’s first season in the Canadian Premier League saw him reach double digits in Canada’s top flight, scoring twelve league goals and four assists whilst earning him a Best U-21 Canadian Player of the Year nomination along with a contract extension with York United that was set to run through to 2024.

His follow-up campaign proved quieter, with the striker also receiving a one-month suspension after incidentally ingesting an edible. He still racked up six goals in league play highlighted by a decision day brace that saw the club lock in a postseason berth, however.

York United Osaze De Rosario
Photo Credit: James Glezos

Last season also saw him commit his international future to Guyana, with Osaze scoring on his debut. Born in New York, he’s the son of star MLS and Canadian national team striker Dwayne De Rosario, with his younger brother Adisa currently playing with Toronto FC II.

The six-foot-two attacker got his own start through the Toronto FC and New York City academies before turning professional with Rukh Lviv. He isn’t the only young CPL attacker to transition to the MLS pipeline this offseason, with Nashville signing Woobens Pacius earlier this spring.

“Osaze has been a wonderful servant and we’re going to miss him,” added York United head coach Martin Nash. “He has contributed enormously over the past two seasons but we’re excited for this next chapter and we know he will continue to develop because he’s still got so much potential. We wish him well and his legacy here is assured.”

The length and financial terms of Osaze’s new contract with Tacoma Defiance was not disclosed by the club.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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