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FootyBlog: Failed TFC Trialists
February 16, 2009, 11:46 AM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trial

As Toronto FC pre-season gets into full swing and we watch the likes of Darren Kenton and Michael McGlinchey battle for the shirt, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the trialists who briefly captured the imagination of TFC supporters before ultimately vanishing back into footballing obscurity.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if you’ve got a favourite trialist who I didn’t mention, or a bit of info on a player, drop it in the comments section.

YEAR ONE

Hector Hurtado

Who was he? A 31-year old striker with some Colombian national team experience. Didn’t sound too terrible in his time on trial, but ultimately just didn’t do enough to butter Mo Johnston’s parsnips.

Where is he now? Playing for Peruvian Club Sporting Cristal. I saw him pop up and score against Estudiantes a couple of weeks ago in the Copa Libertadores, which pretty much inspired me to write this post.

Ivan Cadavieco

Who was he? Frequently referred to as “the Spanish winger” on message boards, the 30-year old Cadavieco came into camp with experience playing in Spain with the likes of Real Oviedo, Gimnastic and Cadiz. He scored for TFC against the University of Connecticut but didn’t do enough to stick around.

Where is he now? Club Deportivo Covadonga of the Spanish third division. You can catch up with him at his personal website, if you speak Spanish.

Loes Andrade

Who was he? Originally billed as “Jorge Andrade”, he was temporarily confused with the defender who plays for Portugal and Juventus, which generated some early trial buzz. He started a Carolina Challenge Cup match against New York, where he was promptly substituted after 22 minutes. I watched that match online – and if I recall correctly – he was yanked off by Mo for performance issues, not health. This Morgan Campbell article seems to back-up that memory.

Where is he now? Don’t know. Can’t be too high of a level.

Qu Xing

Who was he? We didn’t really know much about this guy other than the fact he was a Chinese striker who previously played for Wuhan Guanggu. He didn’t stay in camp for long.

Where is he now? Can’t find out for the life of me. Chengdu Blades have a forward named Xu Qing, I’m not sure how close the letters “X” and “Q” are when translated from the Chinese alphabet. If they are similar, could that be him? And if it is, do you even care?

Junaid Hartley/Daine Klate

Who were they? Two South Africans who were in camp for February of 2007. Hartley, a 29-year old midfielder who had been with Sarawak of the Malaysian league, got into at least one scrimmage game in Florida. Klate was a 22-year old winger who was with Supersport United in the South African League. I can’t seem to find any record of him getting  a game in but that doesn’t necessarily mean he didn’t.

Where are they now? Judging from his Wiki, Hartley looks retired. Klate is still with Supersport and has four South African caps to his name. Not sure if those came before or after the trial.

Garfield Reid

Who was he? A 26-year old wing-back/midfielder with several Jamaican caps.

Where is he now? Playing for Waterhouse FC in the Jamaican Premier League. Appears to be out of the Jamaican national team picture at the moment.

YEAR TWO

Tony Vairelles

Who was he? The princely 34-year old striker came into camp boasting the promise of 8 French caps and one train wreck of a personal website, which basically serves as a reminder as to what the internet looked like in 1998. Incidentally, that’s about the last year Vairelles was an effective player.

Where is he now? Plying his trade with Footy Show Podcast favourite – and Luxembourg champions – F91 Dudelange!

Robbie Gaspar

Who was he? Mo Johnston teased us with the arrival of a mystery Australian coming into camp, and after a few days of scouring the A-League to try and speculate who it could be, Gaspar’s name finally surfaced. He was the right age (27), but the level he was playing at (the Malaysian Premier League) sort of took the wheels off his bandwagon.

Where is he now? Still with Persiba Balikpapan of the Malaysian Premier League.

Kiki Musampa

Who was he? A 30-Year old Dutch winger with experience playing for both Atletico Madrid and Manchester City. He latched on to the club in February and his legend somehow grew into some type of Puskas/Garrincha hybrid who might even be worthy of TFC’s DP spot. When Kristian broke the news that his trial would not be continued, reaction ranged from shock to sheer rage to flat-out denial.

Where is he now? Out of contract after a stint with FC Seoul of the Korean League. Currently linked with a move to Blue Square Premier League side Wrexham.

Martin “Little” Brittain

Who was he? The 23-year old arrived in camp with little fan-fare after bouncing around between Ipswich, Yeovil, Carlisle United and Walsall following his time at Newcastle. He certainly got a chance to prove himself after surviving the San Antonio camp and getting a few looks in the Carolina Challenge Cup, but ultimately he was not determined to be at MLS standards.

Where is he now? Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers.

Victor Pacheco/Leonardo Pole

Who were they? The two Colombians came in on trial looking to give TFC some much needed creativity in attack. Pacheco – who came in with more pedigree – got in 45 minutes in a tornado shortened Carolina Challenge Cup match before John Carver and Mo Johnston decided he wasn’t going to cut the mustard as a classic number 10. Pole, an alleged striker, was a complete disaster and described by Toronto Star writer Morgan Campbell as having a “wrinkled face, flabby thighs and belly jiggling beneath a baggy jersey” during a reserve match against San Jose. He suffered a suspected charley horse in the second half, which famously forced backup keeper Brian Edwards into playing as a forward.

Where are they now? Pacheco is at Columbian side Boyaca Chico. Pole…I have no idea.

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