First Ives, now Frank Giase at the Newark Star Ledger is calling for Alecko Eskandarian to return home to Jersey. There is no doubt Toronto will require a solid experienced backup keeper, especially if Greg Sutton is away playing for Canada or goes down with an injury, as he did last year for the Montreal Impact. It is also true that Jon Conway is one of the remaining Johnston favourites on the New York Roster.Elie Ikangu, Joe Vide, and Marvell Wynne are others who were assembled by the current Toronto coach and wouldn't count as SI's on the roster (Taylor Graham was listed here originally, yet upon further investigation he would count take up an USA SI spot which is unlikely). The move to acquire Nick Rimando last week leaves New York with two relatively high priced keepers, after the purchase of Dutchman Ronald Watterreus last month. Is Conway worth Eskandarian or the partial allocation used to purchase Esky? Not in my estimation. And does Sir Mo like him enough to trade away Eskandarian, and allow a backup keeper to use up one of the coveted USA International spots on the roster - who knows?
If there is truth to to this, perhaps Sir Mo is looking at a package that may include a youth international player like Ikangu or Vide to be thrown in. The way I see it, Conway will be released shortly - why not simply wait it out if your TFC? At that point, Sir Mo can work from a stronger position with regard to trading one of the three US Internationals, if making room for Conway becomes necessary.