November 17, 2006 Toronto FC trades after Expansion draft (from Toronto FC Media Relations)

11/17/2006 6:08PM
Toronto FC make moves after draft
Toronto FC Media Relations

TORONTO - On Friday, Major League Soccer held its Expansion Draft for the benefit of Toronto FC as the newest edition to the league. Immediately following the draft Head Coach Mo Johnston made the following moves.

Canadian Midfielder Adrian Serioux was dealt to Dallas along with a Second Round Draft pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, for Irish Midfielder Ronnie O'Brien.

"Adrian is a very good player, but it's just something we had to do to make our club better" said Johnston. "O'Brien is a fabulous talent and will be a great addition to our squad."

In 5 seasons with Dallas he scored 12 goals, and added 35 assists in 101 regular season games played. The 27 year old was a 3 time MLS All-Star and selected to the MLS Best XI in 2004 and 2005.

New York Red Bull Midfielder Danny O'Rourke, and Kansas City Goalkeeper Will Hesmer were both traded to Columbus in exchange for a partial allocation. An allocation is a fixed sum of money that a club can use to acquire new players.

After discussions with Real Salt Lake, both teams agreed that forward Jason Kreis would return to Salt Lake. Toronto FC received allocation money in return.

Toronto FC is Major League Soccer's 13th team, and begins play in April of 2007 at the new BMO Field at Exhibition Stadium.

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