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Goodbye Sam Hello Galaxy

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Traded to San Jose Earthquakes

Goodbye Sam

Chosen first in the draft by Mo Johnston, Sam had 27 starts last year. This season, he was on track for about half as many. With a growing roster of midfielders, Sam’s talent never seemed to impress Preki. Cronin got to play a bit more during the May slog through the Voyageurs Cup stretch where Preki needed the bench rotation to keep Toronto FC in match form. I’m sad to see another top tier talent slip away and I wish Sam the best going forward.

USA’s fortunes are good for TFC

Another of Toronto FC’s catch and release talents returns to BMO this week in a Galaxy jersey. Todd Dunivant, since leaving Toronto, has become a reliable member of the MLS’ best defensive unit in what has to be seen as a stand-out season for the former Red. With team USA advancing in the World Cup, the Galaxy arrive in Toronto without either of their two best attackers: Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle. This is good news for the Reds. Having surprised everyone by snatching a 0-0 draw with the league leading Galaxy during LA in May’s endurance test, Toronto FC will look to make use of this advantage in a home field setting.

Discussion boards are buzzing with forecasts of a TFC win, but nobody should underestimate the strength of the Galaxy’s defensive core and goalkeeping. Dunivant and Omar Gonzalez are All-Star stand-outs in the back line, but Bruce Arena’s team is a well-organized side and Toronto FC will have to be firing on all cylinders to run up goals on the Galaxy. The Toronto FC are reporting injury concerns for Chad Barrett and O’Brian White on their website today, so we may see Fuad Ibrahim called in for a start with Dwayne De Rosario a likely striking partner.

2nd Designated Player Rumours

Duane Rollins, ever the first to gain reliable insider information, is reporting that “TFC has targeted former Atl├ętico Madrid and Valencia striker Mista as a second DP signing” < Read it here >. He’s also suggesting that Julian de Guzman has been involved in the discussions with Mista. This is mixed news for Toronto FC, of course, as a talented and experienced goal scorer would be a welcome addition. The only downside is that Mista is available because his scoring touch in La Liga has been in decline lately. Until the deal is done and announced, this still classifies as a rumour. If it’s really on, here’s hoping that a waning Spanish talent is still a potent force in the MLS, and that he arrives in time for some summer contributions to the Reds playoff hunt.

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