Toronto Soccer Fans to Relaunch

The more observant among you may have noticed that Toronto Soccer Fans has been dormant for some time.
Various work/life changes have meant that there was insufficient time to keep this site updated to the extent that it deserved.

The Home game on Saturday was an opener in more ways than one. An Eye Opener. The passion of the crowd was fanstastic to see, and was reflected by most of the team. I am shortly relaunching this site as a suitable complement to that.

Check back soon, and any suggestions can be sent via the contact form

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MLS Expansion Draft & post-draft trades

Fri 17th Nov, 2006 11:37pm - news

Toronto FC today had the opportunity to select 1 player from 10 of the 12 other MLS teams. A summary, including the post-draft trades

MoJo had his pick of 10 players. When all was said and done by Friday's end, Toronto FC had added 7 new players to the roster, though even some of those may be short-lived.

The names currently on the list are:

Tim Regan (25 - D - USA) from Chivas USA
Ritchie Kotschau (31 (on Nov 22) - D - USA) from Columbus Crew
Paulo Nagamura (23 - M - Brazil) from LA Galaxy
Ronnie O'Brien (27 - M - Ireland) from FC Dallas
Rod Dyachenko (23 - M - USA) from DC United
Jose Cancela (30 - F - Uruguay) from New England Revolution
Nate Jaqua (25 - F - USA) from Chicago Fire

Some of these were not direct draft picks, and not all were selected for the team, as many as 6 of the original 10 may be used as currency.

Most strangely at first glance, he picked Adrian Serioux, a Toronto native and ex-Lynx, then sent him straight to Dallas along with a 2nd round draft pick in exchange for Ronnie O'Brien.

Another eyebrow-raiser was the immediate tradeback of Jason Kreis - MLS's leading all-time scorer, to Real Salt Lake in exchange for 'part of a player allocation'.

For those who don't know, player allocations are money to sign (hopefully) quality foreign players from other leagues. We traded away 3 players in total for allocations (Will Hesmer + Danny O'Rourke were the other 2). MLS rules allow that the amount of these allocations do not have to be disclosed. Anyone got any ideas on specifics then let me know.

So in total we added 7 to the roster, and some cash to sign Beckham later (i wish). Trading away the only Canadian on the draft may seem odd, but as reported here last wednesday, we're about to sign 3 (or 4) Canadians, a fact which Johnston confirmed at his post-draft press conference.

It should be noted here that it is by no means certain that these players will all remain. Trades are still likely, with Jaqua being singled out as a potential 'resource' by defence-minded MoJo.

More players to come soon, and in 2007 we have the draft (in which we get first pick).