Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chad sent packing to LA, Jon Conway dealt to Chicago and 4 draft picks chosen by TFC

Chad will be firing in Southern California in 2011

Jon retaliates

Chad Barrett was traded by Toronto to the LA Galaxy today. It is not clear what Toronto has been given in return. Maybe an allocation, maybe Toronto will be paying part of Chad's salary, an echo of the Carl Robinson deal from last year. I am not happy to see Chad go. He was rough, raw and frustrating. We saw his potential, admired his work ethic and felt that he had become "ours". Remember that half time tv interview when Toronto had not shown up in the first half in Houston? Maybe it was the expanding Chad contract that Mo had saddled the team with that brought it to an end. It might have been way too much money (300 g?) for a hard worker with potential.
It is not negative to predict that he will fill the Edson Buddle role in LA and benefit from this trade to the point of becoming a true goal scorer. Happy trails Chad, thanks for wearing the red well.

The New Guys
Demitrius Omphroy is a defender (right back) who played for the University of California.
Matt Gold is a defender who played for Ohio State (although there is a description of him that calls him a defensive midfielder).
Junior Burgos is a midfielder, born in El Salvador and played his college ball at
Joao Plata was the last pick for TFC today and they had to swing a trade with Chicago to get the pick ( a future consideration). He's 18 years old, he's very short, he's from Ecuador and he scored goals at the MLS Combine.

Now the future considerations in this deal were in fact Jon Conway. The back-up keeper had a good year with Toronto. He played the Champion's League games and had one MLS start, the game against Columbus where he picked up the red card for taking no guff (see picture)from Stephen Lenhart (who was traded to San Jose today- are you totally confused??). Can you salute a keeper for wearing the red well when a keeper's jersey is never red?

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