Wednesday, February 28, 2007


According to Soccer America, US International Robbie Rogers will return from Dutch side Heerenveen and placed in a weighted lottery where interested teams will have the opportunity to acquire his MLS rights. According to Soccer America magazine, Toronto FC being an expansion team, will have the greatest probability in securing his services if they decide to enter the lottery. Rogers, who left the University of Maryland in the NCAA ranks early to sign in Europe, would most probably count as a Youth International in Toronto. If TFC enters and wins the lottery for Rogers, he would join University of Maryland alumni Maurice Edu, the first overall draft pick in the MLS draft this year, and Toronto goalkeeper coach Carmine Isacco. While Toronto FC look stacked at the forward position, with three American Internationals highlighting an impressive list that includes: Alecko Eskandarian, Edson Buddle, and Conor Casey, as well as two young players Mo Johnston is extremely high on - Abbe Ibrahim from Togo, and Canadian Andrea Lombardo who has recently returned from the Italian leagues. I would suggest that it would be odd for Toronto to make another play for a forward, unless of course Sir Mo is looking to wheel and deal.

1 comment:

cuzco03 said...

Rogers is though a major US talent, young and well-trained albeit for too short a time, in Holland. He'll not cost much. I think he can play midfield as well. Makes nice runs and can cross well--this based on what he did in CONCACAF qualifying last January. I hope he catches on with some MLS team so he can continue to develop and be available for national team call-ups, ie at US under 20 and then under 23. Perhaps he should have stayed in Holland, but I guess the desire to play more regularly was the deciding factor.

I like the forwards that TFC has at this point--all relatively young, experienced and with different qualities. I was sad to see Esky leaving DC, but will root for him to excell in Toronto.

Can you point me to where I can find a more comprehensive roster list of TFC?