Toronto Signs Cann And Usanov

Dual defender signing ahead of Thursday

Toronto FC announced Monday the team has acquired defenders Adrian Cann and Maksim Usanov. As per team and league rules, details of the deals were not announced. Cann will be available for selection pending the completion of his ITC, while Usanov will be available pending the acquisition of his Canadian work permit and the completion of his ITC.

“We’re delighted to complete the signing of another Canadian international,” said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston. “Adrian will add to our backline with his height and his strength, so we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do on the field for us. Max is another good young signing for us at the back, he attacks well defends well.”
   
Cann, 29, was drafted 16th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids and made just two appearances. Released midway through his first season he moved to the USL First Division and signed with the Montreal Impact making a total of 22 appearances. From there he moved west to the Vancouver Whitecaps and signed with them in 2006. He made 58 appearances for the club and was awarded the “Most Outstanding Defender” in 2007.
   
The defender has spent the last two seasons playing in the Danish league with Esberg FB.
   
Usanov, 25, has spent the last two seasons playing in Russia, and prior to that he played for Latvian club FC Skonto.
   
Toronto FC will play their home opener Thursday, April 15 against MLS newcomers Philadelphia Union. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at BMO Field with the game broadcast on both GOLTV and ESPN2. The game can also be heard on The FAN 590.