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Rumor: TFC to acquire Mapp
November 26, 2008, 4:53 PM
Filed under: Toronto FC

The MLS trade window is about to open.

Two players expected to be playing elsewhere are defenders Julius James and Tyrone Marshall.

Lets take James first. James had a tough rookie season after arriving with a great deal of promise following the 2008 MLS Superdraft. I know Mo Johnston was delighted the day he selected James but clearly a year on those opinions have changed. The Trinidad and Tobago international looked extremely inexperienced and out of his depth in many games this season. His touch on the ball is questionable and, to me, he doesn’t have the physical and vocal presence that is needed in the Toronto FC backline for years to come. And remember he is already 24-years-old. This, however, does not mean he isn’t valuable to the organization. It is still less than 12 months since all the MLS teams heavily scouted players such as James for the draft and one poor rookie season does not put off other teams.

Lets take Chicago Fire for example. I know for sure that they still like James. They liked him at the draft last year but decided against him when Patrick Nyarko surprisingly fell into their laps. Chicago have inquired about the availability of James and that is one of the reasons he has been protected by Mo Johnston. Chicago will feel that James started the season with an injury that halted his development and then was affected badly by some poor defending around him.

So what can Toronto FC expect in return? How about Justin Mapp. Mapp played a team-high 30 games this season and would give TFC a much-needed boost on the flanks. Johnston is a big fan of Mapp and I’ve heard that the Fire have talked about giving up Mapp to get James. Should this happen expect Chicago to try and get a little more in return such as draft picks and/or allocation money.

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