Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Plata signs with TFC

There was good news coming out of the TFC universe today as Joao Plata left the loan category and signed for Toronto. The deal was described as "multi-year" and no dollar amount was mentioned.
I like Plata, you have to admire the energy and dedication that he brings to the field. I am still convinced that he should be used as a super sub more often. Adding him fresh, late in the game, has to pay off with goals.
Seems like I am overdue with mentioning some of the off-season news of recent weeks.
- TFC to play the March Champions League game inside the Rogers Centre. I thought this was inevitable once Rogers was part of the purchase of MLSE. I have my tickets and hope for the best, but that dome inspires dullness and the turf surface is never a treat.
- College and Gen Adidas draft is tomorrow. TFC have both the 4th and 12th pick in the first round. I would like to think TFC will find a player in the draft, but the  Toronto record on drafting is questionable. When you cheer for a team that has only two on the roster (Frei and Plata) that were drafted by Toronto. Those two players are outnumbered by roster players who were recent drafts for other MLS teams and then found their way to Toronto through trades (Avila, Hall, Marosevic and Iro spring to mind).
- Of course there is plenty of room on the TFC training camp roster for draft picks to take since the end of last season meant the release of Martina, Omphroy, Gold, Viator, Davies, Zavarise and Griffit. Departures do not always add up to vacancies on the team. There were players with season ending injuries and that leads to an expanded roster. More tomorrow.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Convinced Plata should be a super sub. I wonder who convinced you of that. :)

Looking forward to seeing what we do to fix our backline problems still (Eckersleys addition alone obviously not enough.)I'm enjoying these Aceval and Caciedo rumours. Tomorrows the draft! Finally something to get excited about (other then March 7th), the one thing I miss about Mo Johnston would be the off season drama and excitement. Growing tired of checking torontofc.ca everyday and finding basically the same article repeated daily.

Also read you were moving down a row or two in your last article! Don't worry me and dad don't mind. Cheers.

- Junior220

stillkicking said...

J220!!!
Great to hear your input. Only 3 rows down, the conversations will continue.
Check out Sun report.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/01/11/tfc-should-target-a-defender-with-first-pick

Mariner quoted as saying 12th pick could be traded?
Looking forward to tomorrow, but not expecting much. For every Frei in the draft we seem to grab two Julius James (or Omphroy or ....)