Saturday, March 6, 2010
Adios to Robbo? - Carl Robinson rumoured to be NYRB bound
Although no official word yet from TFC, there are rumblings on the ol’ interweb (read Duane at 24th minute) that Carl Robinson is going to New York for a trial. If he sticks with those Red Bulls, the story goes, a draft pick will be coming back to TFC.
Would I keep Robbo in Toronto? You bet I would, but my dream of ownership would also involve having money to spend on players and having a veteran bench. Even if you are a fan of Carl Robinson, and I consider myself a big one, you have to admit that the writing has been on the wall for months. His salary was large in MLS terms and the signing of JDG and the progress of Sam Cronin were factors too.
Sad to see him go, should this all work out. He has been with TFC since game one and he leaves as a class act with a solid part in our history. He would be welcomed back. It is sad to think that his last game in a TFC uniform was the disaster in Giant’s Stadium. It is sadder still to fear the contribution he may make in a revived NYRB. It will add another element of dread to those future NYRB games.
On a brighter note, the MLS and the players have agreed to a mediator and will resume talking on Monday on a new collective agreement. My hope is that this is a sign of a resolution on the horizon. There is only three weeks until TFC plays in Columbus, it would be great to have an agreement in place long before then.