TFC Swaps Gargan For Robinson
Toronto FC announced Thursday that the club has acquired defender Dasan Robinson from the Chicago Fire in exchange for defender Dan Gargan and the club’s second round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
“We had an opportunity to acquire another defender and provide depth for our club,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “I’d like to thank Dan for his contributions to our club but we felt this was a move we needed to make. Dasan brings us depth and versatility because he can play central defence or right back.”
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Toronto FC players reported to first day of training camp on Monday at BMO Field. In typical first time fashion, the day was tinged with nervous excitement and waiting. A lot of waiting.
Before the small hand on the clock hit eight Monday morning, team administrator Corey Wray could be seen outside Gate Four of the stadium, exiting a car with three newcomers – SuperDraft pick selections Luis Silva, Aaron Maund and newly signed winger Reggie Lambe. All three players saw the digs on Princes’ Boulevard for the first time.
Video: Toronto FC captain Torsten Frings arrives at BMO Field.
Soon thereafter, more young players filled the entrance of the stadium. Top Academy performers have a chance to train with the first team and a van full of Supplemental Draft picks arrived well ahead of schedule.
Then the parade of veterans began with Terry Dunfield and Danny Koevermans leading the way. Every few minutes following their arrival other known quantities trickled through the doors of the TFC home; Julian de Guzman sporting a new buzz cut, a smiling Stefan Frei, and team captain Torsten Frings with his trademark chops.
Back to the waiting.
The first day involves filling a plethora of forms and engaging in various physical assessments. New players get more forms and examinations, so a long queue forms quickly to see many administrators and examiners.
The mundane paperwork will soon extend to vigorous testing for the next two days, during which trainers will be able to plan for the coming weeks.
Reds will not take to the pitch until Thursday morning, but that promises to be a long, full day.
On Thursday afternoon the Reds will meet the local media as a team for the first time in 2012. The Media Day events – press conference, player interviews and more – will be streamed live on TorontoFC.ca from 1 p.m. ET. Fans will be able to participate by posing questions directly to players, TFC broadcaster Dan Dunleavy or myself from the Toronto FC Facebook page and via Twitter by using the hashtag #TFCMediaDay.
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Gargan, 28, made 37 starts and 43 appearances for Toronto FC in his two seasons with the club, while scoring one goal. He signed with Toronto at the start of the 2010 season. Gargan was originally drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft. Prior to joining Toronto he spent time with Puerto Rico Islanders of the NASL (North American Soccer League).
Weight: 160 pds.
Birthdate: June 6, 1984
Birth Place/Hometown: Evanston, Illinois
Last Club: Chicago Fire
How Acquired: Trade with Chicago on July 28, 2011
Pronunciation: “day-san robin-son”