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United's De Rosario named MLS Player of the Month

D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario had five goals and an assist last month and was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for August on Thursday.

De Rosario is the first United player to win the award since Luciano Emilio achieved the honor in June 2008. He was also the first player in D.C. United history to win two consecutive MLS Player of the Week awards last month.

He was named Player of the Week for Week 20 for scoring a brace in San Jose, and scored a hat trick against former club Toronto FC to win the award for the second straight week. He also had an assist against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

De Rosario has started eight of nine matches since D.C. acquired him from Red Bull New York, registering six goals and three assists. Before joining United, he had three goals and five assists in 15 games for New York and Toronto FC.

De Rosario is currently training with Canada in preparation for 2014 World Cup Qualifying matches against St. Lucia and Puerto Rico.

2011 MLS Player of the Month winners:

March: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

April: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo).

May: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy).

June: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).

July: Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)

August: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United).