But why debate when you can look at the numbers. Here they are:
|With De Ro|
|Without De Ro|
Some interesting things happened while I put together this list. I was initially going to count back 10 matches with and 10 matches without De Rosario, but while the "Without De Ro" list grew pretty quickly, the "With De Ro" list only had the Argentina and Peru matches for the longest time. For a guy considered by some to be a fixture of our national team program, it seems a bit odd that De Rosario has only played in 2 of our last 16 matches.
The record is clearly better without De Ro. However, it would be unfair to Dwayne if we didn't point out that two of the losses with him in the lineup were against Brazil and Argentina. On the other hand, it is only fair to point out that none of the 3 wins were against a team ranked in the top 100. Take away those results, and it doesn't look so good.
There are lots of external variables and you may wish to draw your own conclusions. And I have already.