– Toronto FC Transfers, Trades, Signings & Rumors

TFC Acquires Jacob Peterson
January 21, 2010, 2:35 PM
Filed under: Colorado Rapids, Jacob Peterson, Toronto FC, Trade

Toronto FC announced Thursday they have acquired midfielder Jacob Peterson from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for allocation money. Per league and team policies financial terms were not available.

“This is a player that Preki has been wanting for some time,” said director of soccer Mo Johnston. “We’re looking forward to bringing him into camp and getting him working with the rest of the players.”

Peterson, 23, was the Rapids’ first pick of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, (2nd Round, 21st overall) and made his professional debut playing 21 minutes on April 8, 2006 against the Columbus Crew. After establishing himself into the first team in his first season with the club, he was named the team’s “Rookie of the Year”. In the 2009 MLS season the midfielder appeared in 23 games with Colorado, making 12 starts and adding two goals and two assists. He missed the last month of the regular season due to injury.

A graduate of Indiana University, he won two National Championships with the Hoosiers in 2003 and 2004, scoring a goal in both finals. Peterson was also named a semi-finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy award.

On the International stage, he was a member of the U.S. U-23 National Team, travelling with them to Japan in February of 2007. Peterson has been a part of both the U-17 and U-20 teams and competed at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships in the Netherlands.

Peterson will be in Toronto for the start of pre-season on February 1st.

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TFC / Houston Trade Coming?
April 14, 2009, 4:27 PM
Filed under: Houston Dynamo, Rumor, Trade

Nothing’s official yet, but keep your eyes on what’s going on in Toronto, because you may in the coming days hear of a trade for either someone on their roster, allocation money, or even an uncharacteristic draft pick. Why? Check this out:

From Globe & Mail:

Toronto FC have taken steps to bolster their back four by offering a trial to Ecuador national team defender Jose Luis Perlaza. The 27-year-old was in his country’s squad for the 2006 World Cup, but didn’t see any playing time in Germany. Perlaza was recently released by Ecuadorean club Centro Deportivo Olmedo. TFC will have to act fast if they want to keep him, as the Major League Soccer transfer window closes tomorrow.

Yes, this is the same Jose Luis Perlaza that Dynamoplanet said was deemed a discovery option by the Houston Dynamo alongside Canadian “will I ever sign” Andrew Hainault. Here’s that original DP article.

Now, that means that if Toronto likes Perlaza, they’re going to have to give up something to the Dynamo in return. The question then becomes “what would the Dynamo ask for?”…

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Rapids deal for Richardson
February 26, 2009, 9:19 AM
Filed under: Colorado Rapids, Gregory Richardson, Toronto FC, Trade

The Colorado Rapids have spent a good portion of the off-season trying to find another forward to complement strikers Conor Casey and Omar Cummings and the Rapids may have finally found their man.

The Rapids struck a deal with Toronto FC, sending an undisclosed 2010 draft pick (believed to be in the first two rounds) to Toronto in exchange for the rights to Guyanese forward Gregory Richardson, sources with knowledge of the deal told SBI on Thursday. Richardson had been on trial with Toronto FC, which held the top Discovery Claim on the him, but TFC ultimately decided to deal the MLS rights to Richardson to the Rapids.

A striker who most recently played for Trinidad & Tobago club Joe Public, Richardson first rose to prominence in MLS circles when he scored an impressive hat-trick against New England in Joe Public’s 4-0 CONCACAF Champions League win at Gillette Stadium last September. His combination of speed and skill had a long list of teams interested in his services, but Toronto ultimately landed his rights and dealt them to the Rapids after choosing not to keep him following an extended trial.

There is no word yet on whether Richardson has agreed to a contract with the Rapids, but the fact that a deal was completed suggests that a deal has either already been reached, or should be reached soon.

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Serioux traded to TFC
February 24, 2009, 9:28 AM
Filed under: Adrian Serioux, FC Dallas, Toronto FC, Trade

According to 3rd Degree sources the hypothetical deal that was making the rounds today has now gone down and Adrian Serioux has been traded to Toronto FC.  While it’s unknown at this time what FCD got in return, our sources say Serioux is on a plane to Ft. Lauderdale tonight to join TFC in Sunrise, Florida. 

It seems apparent that the combination of the tryout of Marcelo Saragosa at right back, plus the presence of so many new center backs that may allow Drew Moor to play wide right, has made Serioux surplus to requirements here in Dallas.

Serioux had long wanted to play in Canada and had made it known in Dallas his desire to go north.  Serioux was originally selected by TFC from Houston Dynamo in the expansion draft when Houston left him unprotected for the express purpose of playing at home, only to have TFC turn around and trade him to Dallas.

In two season with Dallas, Serioux has started 36 games, including playoffs, gathering four assists.

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Serioux to TFC?
February 23, 2009, 4:56 PM
Filed under: Adrian Serioux, FC Dallas, Rumor, Toronto FC, Trade

The Insider has learned that FC Dallas is planning to trade Canadian midfielder Adrian Serioux to Toronto for a draft pick and allocation money. Serioux, 29, began his pro career in Toronto with the A-League’s Lynx 10 years ago. He started 24 league games for FCD last year and had four assists, second best on the club.

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Marshall traded to Seattle
February 10, 2009, 2:11 PM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trade, Tyrone Marshall

Toronto FC announced Tuesday that they have acquired allocation money from expansion side Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for defender Tyrone Marshall. As per league and team policy, details of the deal were not announced.

“Tyrone is a veteran of this league and we wish him all the best,” said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston. “We are sad to see him go, trades are always difficult but in the long run we feel we have made another move to improve our team.”

Marshall, 34, joined Toronto FC in a trade with the LA Galaxy on June 13, 2007 that sent forward Edson Buddle to the west coast. The defender appeared in 40 games with Toronto logging 3,459 minutes. This is the Jamaican International’s 11th season in Major League Soccer having made previous stops in Colorado, Miami and Los Angeles.

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TFC trades Dunivant
February 1, 2009, 9:31 AM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trade

As training camp gets set to open up here in Toronto on Monday, players are starting to make their way back to the city but one player who won’t be here is Todd Dunivant. Toronto FC agreed to trade the left-sided player to the LA Galaxy over the weekend in a move designed to free space under the salary cap.

Although, the move is yet to be made official I would expect an announcement to come from the club in the early stages of this week. After the Footy Show blog broke the news of Pablo Vitti being on Mo Johnston’s radar earlier this month, Mo has made no secret of his desire to sign the young Argentine and from what I understand is still very much in the pursuit of Vitti so I expect this deal to have been organised in preparation for another.

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TFC trades for Intl Spot
January 28, 2009, 3:47 PM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trade

The Houston Dynamo completed a trade with Toronto FC to swap places in the MLS allocation order. Houston sent Toronto an international player slot for two years in exchange for moving up from No. 10 to the No. 3 spot in the league’s allocation order.

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Sutton welcomes DeRo
December 15, 2008, 1:28 PM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trade

Toronto FC goalkeeper Greg Sutton believes the arrival of fellow Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario is a key moment in the club’s history. De Rosario was signed by the Reds on Friday in exchange for Julius James and allocation money.

Sutton has played alongside De Rosario for Canada and expects him to have a big impact. “It’s exciting for the club,” said Sutton. “Dwayne’s a talented player with an attacking presence. He’s creative and isn’t afraid to try things which is something that our line up is looking for. He will add something different to our attacking style and it’s great for the team to be able to start expressing itself in an attacking way.”

“He gives us another option and can change a game on his own,” said Sutton. “We’ve seen in the past that he can carry games on his shoulders. Every team needs a player like that and they are tough to come by. It’s a good day to be able sign a player of his quality. Dwayne wanted to come home and was waiting for the right moment. The club has established itself and we’re growing on and off the field. I can only see this being a success for Dwayne and the team.”

As well as being a star performer in the MLS for the last eight years, De Ro has also had a major impact for the national team. He has scored 15 goals, fourth all time, in 53 career appearances. In 2007 he won his third consecutive male Canadian Player of the Year award.

Sutton is pleased that one of Canada’s best players is joining Canada’s top club team. “One of the aims of Toronto FC when the club was brought to fruition was to establish a club in Canada where Canadian international players can play in their back yard without the need to go abroad,” explained Sutton. “It’s nice for the fans and it gives kids growing up in Canada another star to aspire towards and can give them hope that one day they can do the same and play for their country.”

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TFC scores big with De Rosario
December 15, 2008, 8:45 AM
Filed under: Canada, Signing, Toronto FC, Trade

So how does a blockbuster trade such as the one that sent three-time MLS Cup MVP Dwayne De Rosario to Toronto FC for rookie defender Julius James and an allocation get made? It happens only when you have two teams desperate to make a deal and a special player with an unyielding desire to return home.

In one corner was a young franchise in Toronto FC that needed an iconic figure, a franchise player who could capture the imagination of its fan base while making an impact on the field. In the other corner was a once-dominant Houston club that suddenly needed to revamp its roster after seeing its reign as league champion ended.

Then, there was De Rosario, the hometown hero who was desperate to return home and be a part of the blossoming soccer hotbed Toronto has become.

De Rosario made it no secret that he wanted to go back to Canada, and playing for Toronto FC always seemed inevitable for the native of the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. That De Rosario gave his all in the dying minutes of the summer’s MLS All-Star Game in Toronto, a game De Rosario played despite only one day’s rest yet still managed to deliver the winning penalty kick, said it all. As the fans at BMO Field chanted his name, it was clear on that night in July that De Rosario would return north sooner rather than later.

But the Houston Dynamo still had to want to make a trade. On Friday, the deal happened because the Dynamo came to the realization that they had to revamp a roster that was showing vulnerabilities that didn’t exist when the team was winning MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007. The departure of Nate Jaqua, potential departure of Brian Ching and likely departure of stalwart defender Bobby Boswell forced the Dynamo to consider how to revamp their roster without tearing it apart.

As much as all parties involved needed the trade to happen, Toronto FC still came away the clear winner. TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston has caught his share of flak for the team’s lack of success in the past two seasons, but there is no denying that he has set Toronto up for a big 2009. Add De Rosario to three first-round draft picks in what is considered a strong upcoming draft in January, $800,000 in allocation money as well as a designated player slot the team is expected to use, and you realize that Toronto had the resources to pay more for De Rosario but didn’t.

Johnston managed to land one of the league’s best midfielders and a renowned clutch player, and he did so without giving up a key starter or any of the team’s three first-round draft picks. Throw in that Houston accepted what sources say was an allocation less than $200,000, and you get the sneaking suspicion that Toronto FC played hardball and Houston relented.

Toronto’s reward is a player who will boost a Toronto attack that struggled at times. Whether TFC groups De Rosario with Amado Guevara and Carl Robinson in a 4-5-1 formation or plays De Rosario as a withdrawn forward in a 4-4-1-1, the prospect of having the creative tandem of De Rosario and Guevara working together is a scary proposition. Especially if you consider that Toronto is expected to use its designated player slot on a forward.

Something that should be noted, and something Houston will quietly remind people, is that De Rosario is coming off a subpar season. He managed just seven goals and two assists in 24 MLS matches. He clearly felt the fatigue of Houston’s packed schedule. But there is a belief that playing back home in Canada will re-energize the 30-year-old playmaker and return him to his all-star level.

The lingering question that stands out when looking at this trade is, why did Houston deal De Rosario for seemingly so little? The reality is that there wasn’t a huge market for De Rosario because of his salary, his desire for a new contract and the leaguewide knowledge that he wanted to play only for Toronto. With only one team to deal him to, Houston was left with poor bargaining position, and it showed in what most experts will call a lopsided deal.

Although that may be so, a closer look at the deal reveals that it could help Houston on a variety of fronts. In swapping De Rosario for James and between $150,000 and $175,000 in allocation money, the Dynamo gain a potential net of up to $350,000 of salary-cap space. Houston is expected to use that cap space to use its designated player, with a marquee forward at the top of the team’s list of needs.

James also is very high on the lists of several MLS clubs that considered him the best defender in the 2008 MLS draft. Although James did struggle at times as a rookie for Toronto, he still boasts the athleticism and toughness that many scouts believe could help him turn into an elite defender.

Houston likely will need James to replace Boswell, who is a free agent and is expected to move to Europe. Although James lacks experience, he boasts the type of speed the Houston back line needs, as anyone who watched Dane Richards torch the Dynamo in the playoffs can attest.

So how will the Dynamo replace De Rosario? Houston already has his replacement in U.S. Olympic team midfielder Stuart Holden, one of the league’s best young players. Holden would have started for most teams in MLS but came off the bench for the deep Houston team this season.

In the end, Houston won’t regret this deal if Holden flourishes, if its DP signing isn’t a flop and if James is a standout defender. But if more than one of these doesn’t break right for the Dynamo, critics will look back on this trade as the real beginning of the end for the Dynamo.

As for TFC, the club landed the player it has long coveted and is one step closer to completing a rebuilding project that will see it go from missing the playoffs to winning a title. For Johnston & Co., 2009 is a make-or-break season, and Friday’s trade is a major step toward Toronto’s establishing itself as a legitimate force next season.

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