– 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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TFC beat swedish side Hacken
February 23, 2009, 6:50 PM
Filed under: MLS Preseason, Toronto FC, Trial

Toronto FC scored three goals in 10 minutes to beat Swedish Premier Division team BK Hacken in preseason action in Sunrise, Florida on Monday afternoon. Carl Robinson, Pablo Vitti and Dwayne De Rosario scored the goals.

Robinson opened the scoring in the 61st minute from a cross by Chad Barrett and the lead was doubled four minutes later when Pablo Vitti scored his second goal of preseason. The Argentine striker was on target with a diving header from a cross by Rohan Ricketts. Vitti has got off to a good start following his loan move to Toronto and scored his first goal for the team in the game against New York Red Bulls earlier this month. Toronto ensured victory when they added a third goal with 20 minutes remaining. Amado Guevara’s corner kick was headed in by Dwayne De Rosario for his first goal in a Toronto FC jersey.

It is the second 3-0 win for Toronto in the space of three days. On Saturday the Reds beat Florida Atlantic University 3-0. Toronto will continue training in Sunrise for the remainder of the week.

Toronto FC line-up: Frei (Edwards 45′), Miguel Garcia* (Cronin 45′), Harmse, Velez, Brennan, Ricketts, Robinson, Guevara, De Rosario, Vitti, Barrett.


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New TFC Trialists
February 23, 2009, 10:47 AM
Filed under: Toronto FC, Trial

Toronto FC has brought on Portuguese defender Miguel Garcia for a trial. The former Sporting Lisbon right back has endured a rough few years. First, he saw a move to Reggina ruined by a major knee injury that cost him the one year he was with the Italian club. Then, Garcia signed with Standard Liege over the winter break, only to fail to earn minutes and move on after a few months.

Now Garcia, 26, is with Toronto and will be hoping to latch on and perhaps provide some insurance for a potential Marvell Wynne transfer this summer. Still no announcements on a central defender, but sources tell me the club is close to introducing a central defender in the next week or two.

Martin Durica of MSK Zilina and Alexandre Boucicaut are also on trial.

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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.


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.


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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