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’09 drafts almost traded
January 19, 2009, 8:22 AM
Filed under: MLS Superdraft, Toronto FC

Toronto FC director of soccer Mo Johnston and Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena shared some drinks and some laughs Thursday night, hours after having enjoyed two of the best performances at the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. You really couldn’t blame them for celebrating a bit, because any number of trades could have taken place that would have changed the entire course of Thursday’s draft.

The reality is that Toronto almost didn’t have the No. 13 pick. TFC was all set to deal the pick to the New York Red Bulls for Mike Magee on Monday evening during the MLS combine, but New York technical director Jeff Agoos made the decision to honor an earlier agreement with the Los Angeles Galaxy, sending Magee to L.A. for a 2010 second-round pick. It was a curious move because Agoos made verbal agreements with both teams and no official paperwork was signed before Agoos decided to take the worse of the two deals.

The Chicago Fire had a pretty exciting draft day, in part for a trade almost made and for one that almost wasn’t. After seeing a potential deal with Toronto FC involving Justin Mapp and the No. 2 and No. 4 picks fall through.

What other players nearly were moved during draft week? Yura Movsisyan was a Toronto FC target in a potential deal for high draft picks, while Jonathan Bornstein was shopped around by Chivas USA and still looks like a good bet to be dealt amid word that he and head coach Preki aren’t exactly seeing eye to eye.

In the end, there weren’t as many trades at the MLS draft as expected, but there still was plenty of wheeling and dealing. Some good trades were completed, but other intriguing ones never came to pass. Through it all, Toronto FC and Los Angeles left St. Louis the big winners Thursday, with their performances going a long way toward determining whether Johnston and Arena will have something to celebrate come playoff time in MLS.

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