TFC Makes a Small Roster Move
One day before the Major League Soccer Waiver Draft takes place, Toronto FC on Tuesday made a small roster move as part of their preparations for the upcoming season now about two and a half weeks away.
Emmanuel Gomez, with the club since 2009, and out for all of 2010 with a knee injury, has been waived by the club which means he will either be plying his trade elsewhere or will be leaving MLS altogether. He will be available for any other club to select in the waiver draft, that takes place Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking of the waiver draft, there might be a piece or two in that mix that might be worthy of a look.
Chicago released 25 year old goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra via the waiver process today as well. In 2010 he secured five shutouts for the Fire before losing his reserve spot this off season to former TFC player Jon Conway. 27 year old forward Pablo Campos with Real Salt Lake looked quite strong in limited minutes down the stretch for them last season in MLS and Champions League play. He might be an ideal backup player for a club playing a 4-3-3.
Getting back to Gomez for a moment I think it is fair to say that he was a victim of the limited number of International roster spots available to TFC and the relatively difficult time he would likely have to get significant minutes ahead of stalwarts like Adrian Cann and Nana Attakora. TFC did not confirm if his recovery (or lack thereof) from his serious knee injury had anything to do with his release.
This move leaves Toronto FC with fourteen players under contract as of March 1st. One of these, youngster Nicholas Lindsay, is of course out for the season due to an off season injury.