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Julian de Guzman Biography

Julian de Guzman (born March 25, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.

Previously, he played for Deportivo de La Corua, and was the first Canadian to play in the Spanish La Liga. His younger brother Jonathan de Guzmn also played in La Liga as well. While playing in Spain De Guzman was voted 20072008 Deportivo Player of the year.

De Guzman has played at both the Canadian U-20 and Senior level, he was awarded the Canadian Player of the Year in 2008 and in 2007 became only the second Canadian international to be awarded the CONCACAF Gold Cup Most Valuable Player, the other was Craig Forrest.

In September 2009 an agreement was reached with Toronto FC for De Guzman to sign as a designated player, becoming the first ever Canadian Designated Player in league history, his contract is worth $1,910,746 annually. The Canadian midfielder signed a three-year deal to play in MLS. De Guzman made his debut for the club in an away game against the Los Angeles Galaxy on September 19, 2009. De Guzman was able to convince former Deportivo teammate and friend Mista to join Toronto in July 2010. De Guzman was heavily criticized for his inconsistent performances as a designated player in the 2010 season making 36 appearances in all competitions.

Much doubt was left over the future of De Guzman and Toronto on November 23 when the club failed to protect him for the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, meaning Vancouver Whitecaps FC or Portland Timbers could select him if they were willing to take on a Designated Players Salary. However he was untouched going through the sixth round when Vancouver selected O'Brian White which allowed Toronto to protect one player for the remaining four rounds in which they protected De Guzman . On January 5, 2011 De Guzman revealed that will be undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus which may have plagued his performance for the last quarter of the season. It's expected he will return to full fitness by mid training camp.

In January 2011, Toronto hired Aron Winter as the head coach of the club to bring in a new style of possession soccer, many pundits believe that this new style will benefit De Guzman's abilities and will allow him to succeed within the MLS. Ten days before the new season kicked off it was revealed that De Guzman would miss this first game against Vancouver and potentially a few more, this was due to Winter not wanting to aggravate the recent successful surgery. De Guzman scored his first goal for Toronto in CONCACAF Champions League play against Tauro FC August 18, 2011, the game end in a 2-0 away victory.

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