Before the club welcomes Jermain Defoe at next Monday’s main event, Toronto FC will re-introduce 2011 league MVP Dwayne De Rosario to media on Thursday at BMO Field.

Once the face of the franchise, De Rosario returns to TFC after agreeing to a smaller contract that could see him end his career in his home town.

After being released by D.C. United at the end of last season, the Reds swooped in on the Canadian national team’s all-time leading scorer during December’s MLS re-entry draft.

Those familiar with De Rosario’s decision to rejoin TFC say he’s set on being a key piece that pushes an MLS side over the top, a chance to make things right after a controversial trade to New York from Toronto in 2010 that left a sour taste in the 35-year-old’s mouth.

Canadian national team insiders also say De Rosario is still very much a part of head coach Benito Floro’s plans.

Toronto FC’s all-time leading goal-scorer is said to be the old head whom Floro, Canada’s first-year coach, relies on to push Canada’s youngest prospects — more proof De Rosario’s not done yet.

On Thursday, we’ll hear from De Rosario for the first time since the Reds came calling a few weeks back.