Archive for November 23rd, 2011

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Toronto FC waives seven players, Whitecaps lose three

While some advance notes of these moves have escaped through Twitter, MLS has now confirmed that Toronto FC has waived seven, count ‘em, seven players.

That list included Dutch forward Javier Martina and Canadian Gianluca Zavarise.

Martina scored twice in TFC’s home opener against Portland, then quickly faded into irrelevance, following the likes of Laurent Robert and Collin Samuel, players with European experience who got off to fast starts with TFC but then went on to produce very little.
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Ex-Whitecap Khalfan claimed by Philadelphia Union

Nizar Khalfan

The Vancouver Whitecaps have lost Tanzanian midfielder Nizar Khalfan to the Philadelphia Union.

Khalfan, who was signed by the Whitecaps when the club was still a couple of years away from joining MLS, was plucked in the league’s waiver draft.

Khalfan played in 22 MLS games this season, but totaled just 1,066 minutes — which meant he averaged less than 50 minutes an appearance. Khalfan was most effective when used off the bench as a high-energy, change-of-pace substitute.
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Expansion Draft: Impact ignores Ching’s retirement threat

Brian Ching vowed to retire if the Impact chose him in the expansion draft.

Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch showed the entire league that he doesn’t respond well to threats.

Brian Ching, scorer of 77 career regular-season goals, made it public that he would rather retire than be plucked off Houston’s roster and go to the Impact. What did Marsch do? He made Ching the first pick of expansion draft.

Now, the questions are: Will Ching back down? Will he retire? Or will the Impact make a deal that sends him back to Houston?

“We’d be delighted to have him,” Marsch said after the team had announced its 10 picks and a couple of subsequent trades.

“When you see the list, Brian’s name sticks out.”
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