– Toronto FC Transfers, Trades, Signings & Rumors

Paul Dickov on TFC Trial
February 13, 2010, 8:35 PM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trial

According to Toronto FC, Paul Dickov will be trialing with the club in Bradenton, Fla.  TFC even tweet a photo of him arriving, but ‘Dickov to TFC’ has been rumoured for so long, I’m not sure I’m prepared to believe it.

Here’s Dickov’s Wiki in lieu of any real reporting.

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Jorge Andrade Bails on TFC Trial
February 10, 2010, 11:56 AM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trial

According to Kristian Jack’s twitter…

Jorge Andrade’s trial with #tfc will not take place. His representatives are unable to track him down in Portugal and he has failed 2 show.

Andrade had his fourth left knee surgery in summer 2009. Italian club Juventus wrote off his salary as well as part of the transfer fee for the fiscal year, though Andrade stated he hoped to return playing at the highest level.

Ibad Muhamadu to trial with TFC
February 4, 2010, 1:43 PM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trial

A Dutch report claims Toronto has interest in 27-year old striker Ibad Muhamadu, who’s currently playing at FC Dordrecht of the Eerste Divisie. Here’s the google translated text:

“FC Dordrecht striker Ibad Muhamadu is in the interest of Toronto FC.

The number five of the Eastern Division of the North American MLS wants the Amsterdammer first one weeks trial comes. Because the Canadians are willing to pay a transfer fee is technical manager Marco Boogers are prepared to the stage, provided Muhamadu leaves until February 16. That is one days after the make-up game against Dordt De Graafschap played.

Coach Gert Kruys was not agree that Muhamadu goes on trial at another club.”

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TFC Interest in Trini Striker
February 2, 2010, 1:18 PM
Filed under: FC Dallas, Toronto FC, Trial

Trinidadian trialist Kerry Baptiste is being targeted by MLS sides FC Dallas and Toronto FC. Baptiste, 28, is due for a trial at Portman Road next week after his initial spell was cancelled due to the recent bad weather.

The two MLS clubs have also invited striker or winger Baptiste for trials, however the player says he is currently concentrating on his chance to impress the Blues: “I know a few clubs are hoping to have me, but I’m focused on the Ipswich trial at hand. I will do my best at the club to impress the coaches.”

Baptiste, who is currently with Joe Public FC in his home country, is due to starts his trial on February 10th before returning to Trinidad on February 19th. Baptiste scored 48 goals in the last domestic season in Trinidad.

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Burlington GK gets TFC trial
January 14, 2010, 12:30 AM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trial

Nils Binstock is getting a shot to be a hometown Red.

The Burlington netminder just got an invite to Toronto FC’s goalkeeping combine, where he will try to win at least a spot on the training-camp roster. The combine goes Jan. 25-26 at Lamport Stadium.

“I received an e-mail from (TFC goalkeeping coach) Mike Toshack and he invited me out,” Binstock said.

“The team had been following my progress for the past couple of years … I don’t know any of the other four or five ‘keepers who will be invited out, but I think they could offer a contract to the best one.”

And Binstock has given Toshack a lot to think about. In his final NCAA season at Iona College, he posted a stellar 0.66 GAA and a superb .849 GAA.

The combine will run before the scheduled opening of TFC’s regular training camp and the Jan. 31 expiry of the current collective bargaining agreement between MLS and its players’union.

If there is no progress in talks, the owners are in position to lock out the players on Feb. 1.


Even though TFC is stronger in goal than it is at any other position, with rookie-of-the-year Stefan Frei at No. 1 and Brian Edwards at backup, Binstock is hopeful that the Reds will keep three ‘keepers in 2010. Once again, without a CBA in place, it’s hard to guess what kind of roster limits will exist in 2010.

“I think they are going to be carrying three,” Binstock said. “Last year, they ran into problems when Frei got hurt and Edwards had to jump in, and there was no back-up there. I know that D.C. United had a situation where both keepers were out and they needed an emergency replacement.”

But, even if Binstock doesn’t stick, the former Toronto Lynx and AB Copenhagen ‘keeper knows getting this tryout will help him to get more trials at other clubs.

“I think it’s a definite positive; it’s a trial in a pro atmosphere,” he said. “It still looks good on a resume. Toronto FC is my hometown team. If things don’t work out, I want them to succeed, regardless.”

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10-day Trial for Armenian Striker
January 7, 2010, 12:49 PM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trial

MLS side Toronto FC have handed a 10-day trial to Armenian striker Ilia Javorijan , starting from February 8th.

The 28-year-old target man has been plying his trade in Israel since 2004, and this season he has been a major disappointment for Maccabi Tel Aviv despite scoring 4 goals in 10 league appearances.

According to reports in Israel, Maccabi Tel Aviv are trying to get rid of the striker who doesn’t wish to play for other sides in the country and prefers a move abroad.

Javorijan has been playing for Israeli sides Hapoel Petach Tikva, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Irony Kiriat Shmona and Bnei Sachnin before moving to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer of 2008 for $515k. His contract runs out in the coming summer.

Scouts in Israel describe the Armenian international (3 caps) as a “very strong striker, with perceived presence in the box. Mostly useful inside the box, as he is heavy and limited in his movement. He is a bit clumsy but a fairly good finisher in front of goal. He still hasn’t proved that he can handle the pressure of playing for a big side.”

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Mamam & Christanval on TFC trial?
March 7, 2009, 11:02 AM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trial

According to MLSR,  Rumor has it that Souleymane Mamam, a Togolese winger formerly of Manchester United and Royal Antwerp, is currently on trial with Toronto FC.  Mamam was signed by Manchester United in 2003. However, work permit regulations meant that it was not possible for Mamam to play in the United Kingdom. Due to this regulation, Mamam was immediately sent on loan to play at Royal Antwerp until he was eligible for a Belgian passport. At the end of the 2006-07 season, after four seasons of playing for Antwerp as a loanee, Manchester United decided not to renew his contract.

Having become a free agent, Mamam then signed a new one-year permanent deal with Royal Antwerp in time for the start of the 2007-08 season. He went on trial at Motherwell and Birmingham, but has so far failed to secure a deal due to work permit problems.

TFC is also rumoured to be in pursuit of Philippe Christanval once again. Team officials are hoping to have him signed early next week. In his first appearances at Fulham,Christanval found himself playing in defensive midfield. He was quite successful with an enforcement partnership with Papa Bouba Diop. His qualities were obvious; despite being a centre back, he had good vision and passing ability. More recently he has found himself back in the centre half role. His first premiership goal was a late equalizer in a 3–3 draw with West Ham United on 13 January 2006. He has since struggled with injuries, and in the 2007/08 season has only made a single appearance coming on as sub.

He was a part of the France side in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship.

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