Mauro Rosales

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Mauro Rosales
Personal information
Full name Mauro Damián Rosales
Date of birth (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 42)
Place of birth Villa María, Argentina
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Attacking Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Newell's Old Boys 119 (30)
2004–2007 Ajax 63 (6)
2007–2010 River Plate 64 (4)
2011–2013 Seattle Sounders FC 86 (12)
2014 Chivas USA 21 (0)
2014–2015 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 35 (1)
2016 FC Dallas 23 (2)
2017 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 7 (0)
2019 Alumni 2 (1)
International career
2001 Argentina U20 5 (0)
2004 Argentina Olympic 6 (1)
2004 Argentina 10 (1)
Medal record
Representing  Argentina
Men's Football
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team Competition
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12:38, 23 October 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 18 March 2011

Mauro Damián Rosales (born 24 February 1981) is an Argentine former footballer who last played in Alumni. A winger/forward best known for his pace and crossing ability, he won a gold medal with Argentina at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Rosales began his career with Newell's Old Boys. His play with Newell's attracted the interest of top European clubs and in 2004 he joined Dutch top side Ajax. While with Ajax Rosales appeared in 63 league matches scoring 6 goals. In 2007 Rosales left Ajax returning to Argentina to play for River Plate for a fee of 1.8 million euros. He was part of the squad that won the Clausura 2008 tournament, the club's first title in four years.

In January 2011 it was reported that he would be joining Querétaro F.C. of Mexico's Primera División. However, he was not signed by the Mexican club. In late February 2011 he went on trial with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer in the United States. On 18 March 2011, following a successful trial, the club officially signed Rosales.[1] During Rosales' first season with Seattle, he scored 5 goals in 26 appearances. Additionally, he assisted on 13 goals which was third overall in the league. His 13 assists also set a club record for number of assists by a single player in a single season. Rosales won the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award for the 2011 Major League Soccer season[2] and was subsequently signed to a new, multi-year deal on 13 December 2011. In his three years with the club Rosales tallied 12 goals and 34 assists in league play. He also helped the club in capturing the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Rosales was traded to Chivas USA in exchange for Tristan Bowen on 11 December 2013.[3]

Rosales was traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for Nigel Reo-Coker on 21 August 2014.[4] At the end of the 2014 season, Rosales opted out of the MLS re-entry draft for the next season[5] later signing with the club for an additional year[6] The following year the Whitecaps did not offer a contract to Rosales and he was made eligible for the MLS reentry draft.[7] He started in 29 of the 35 games he played for the club scoring one goal and assisting in six other in 2321 minutes of regular season play and an additional 91 minutes in two games in the post-season.[8]

On 16 February 2016, Rosales was traded to FC Dallas in exchange for Blas Pérez.

International career[edit]

Rosales was part of the Argentina Under-20 team that won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and the gold-medal winning Argentina national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Also in 2004, he was part of the Argentina squad that finished runners-up in that year's Copa America.

Personal life[edit]

Rosales earned his U.S. green card in March 2012.[9] This status qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.

Career statistics[edit]


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 2004 Estadio Monumental "U", Lima, Peru  Peru 0–1 1–3 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification




River Plate

Seattle Sounders FC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

FC Dallas


Argentina U-20

Argentina U-23




  1. ^ "Sounders FC Signs Argentine Midfielder Mauro Rosales". Seattle Sounders FC. Sounders FC Public Relations. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Mauro Rosales - Seattle Sounders Football Club". Archived from the original on 5 January 2012.
  3. ^ "News". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps, Chivas USA trade midfielders Nigel Reo-Coker and Mauro Rosales". 21 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Whitecaps' Rosales opts out of MLS re-entry draft, may stay in Vancouver". Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Whitecaps FC re-sign midfielder Mauro Rosales". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Busy week ahead in MLS: 'There has certainly been a lot of discussion'". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Mauro Rosales". Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Fernandez and Rosales receive U.S. Green Cards". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 23 January 2016.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Seattle Sounders FC captain
Succeeded by