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TFC Possible Draft Prospect Injured
November 28, 2008, 1:04 PM
Filed under: MLS Superdraft, Toronto FC

Although it happened several weeks ago, it has been kept quiet until now.

O’Brian White is a Scarborough native and last year’s MAC Hermann award winner as the top collegiate soccer player in the United States. But there is startling news that he tore his ACL in a recent game and had surgery last week. He’ll be out of action for an estimated six months.

The University of Connecticut star had been coveted by Toronto FC and many other MLS teams as a first round pick, and probably one of the top five in the upcoming college draft.

The injury to White is a huge disappointment to the Reds and supporters as well. Both had been licking its chops at the prospect of having a local player as a top draft pick. But now, according to Toronto Director of Soccer Mo Johnston, the club’s brain trust will have to adjust their draft philosophy.

Do you take a chance on using a precious first rounder on someone who will be good for half a season in 2009? Toronto does have the luxury of three picks in the first round, and not surprisingly Johnston told me that could change by draft day on January 16. Johnston’s history tells us he could make plenty of moves before we get to that day.

The White story is just one of many topics Johnston discussed Friday morning. He had plenty to say regarding Danny Dichio, Carl Robinson and other players. Regarding John Carver, he’ll definitely be back for 2009. The fact that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has extended manager Joe Kinnear’s contract through the end of the current season effectively makes it a no brainer. The only thing that might have pulled Carver out of Toronto would have been the appointment of his good friend Alan Shearer as manager of the Northeast giants.

Johnston also discussed the turf. He’s adamant that it will be replaced, maybe not next year, but in the near future.

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