January 25, 2007 Toronto FC acquire Abdoulaye Ibrahim (from Toronto FC Media Relations)
Toronto FC acquire rights to Ibrahim from N.Y.
Toronto FC Media Relations
Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have acquired forward Abdoulaye "Abbe" Ibrahim from the New York Red Bulls in exchange, the teams swapped allocations and New York received a 4th round draft pick in 2008 MLS SuperDraft. As per club policy, financial details were not disclosed. Ibrahim, 5-9, 155 lbs, is a native of Lome, Togo comes to Toronto FC after signing with the NY/NJ Metrostars on March 21, 2005. His first game for the club was April 16 against the Kansas City Wizards. Ibrahim suited up and played for his new team just 30 hours after arriving in the U.S.
The 20 year old impressed in his rookie year, scoring twice and adding 3 assists in 16 games.
He trained with Manchester United (EPL) and Hearts (SPL) during portions of the 2005 preseason. Ibrahim spent the majority of his pro soccer career in the FC Espoire Academy in Lome, Togo.
"He's very hungry", said Head Coach Mo Johnston, "he's lightning quick, and causes defenders a lot of problems."
He did not play in Major League Soccer in 2006, but his rights were still owned by New York.
Ibrahim is a Togolese youth international, and was the first player from his country to play in Major League Soccer.
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