What if your favourite team just doesn’t want to win? This is what I ask myself as Toronto FC reveals that it has traded Dwayne DeRosario to the New York Red Bulls.
First let’s look a little closer at the man known as “DeRo” and the reasons I hate this trade.
1) DeRo is the best Canadian player in MLS. This is really not a debatable point, it’s a fact. Oh and TFC, you have a quota of Canadian players. You need three. You will have three worse than DeRo.
2) Not only is he Canadian, he’s a hometown boy from Scarborough! A great example for budding local soccer stars that they should stick with it.
3) He already has one goal this year out of the four that TFC have scored. By the way, he had 15 goals last year and TFC scored 33. Let me repeat, he had 15 of his team’s 33 goals. And who knows how many of the other goals he set up. In 57 total games for Toronto, he had 27 goals.
4) Next, I know he wanted a raise, but how could anyone blame him when he scored nearly half of the team’s goals and got paid $443,750. Julian de Guzman, his far less valuable teammate, made $1.7 million.
5) I own a DeRo T-shirt.
So yeah, he publicly embarrassed the team a couple times with his cheque signing ceremony and taking off to train with Celtic. But Earth to TFC… you should have paid him more in the first place. Who else on your team would be invited to train with Celtic!?!?!?!?!?! His contribution in his short time easily equals that of Danny Dichio and Jim Brennan, so I guess his jersey is going on the Hall of Fame wall? I won’t hold my breath.
Does anyone remember when we traded Edson Buddle to L.A. for Tyrone Marshall? Buddle went on to score roughly 20 goals the following season. I forget where Marshall is now. Or trading Carl Robinson, another fan favourite, because we got de Guzman? I really don’t see a huge difference in the two aside from Julian being younger. And Robinson had a couple of sweet goals to his name during his time with TFC. While I go over the recent calamities, why was Toronto the only place where Jeff Cunningham couldn’t score? And why did we trade Marvell Wynne? He’s only on the U.S. national team… but I guess Nick LaBrocca is better. Oh wait, we traded Nick LaBrocca.
TFC, you are killing me. Aron Winter: you are making me miss Mo Johnston. I look forward to DeRo and Robinson lifting the MLS Cup for the New York Red Bulls this November. Oh, and by the way, DeRo has won the MLS Cup four times. TFC has never made the playoffs. Gee, I can’t figure out why trading all the good players isn’t working for them…
Angry diatribe by fantasy guru Scott Ferguson, who also still misses Jim Brennan