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TFC chops six players — including four Canadians

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Toronto FC has declined the options on six players — four of them Canadian.

Adrian Cann, Nicholas Lindsay, Keith Makubuya, Oscar Cordon, Ty Harden and Dicoy Williams will not be back with the club for the 2013 season.

Cordon, Lindsay and Makubuya came up through the Academy program to the big club, but none really made an impact at the MLS level. Lindsay missed all of the 2011 season due to injuries suffered in an offseason, non-soccer incident, while Cordon’s most memorable contribution was drawing a red card on FC Edmonton’s Shaun Saiko during the 2011 Canadian Championship. None of the three players ever threatened for an MLS place under the tenures of former coach Aron Winter and current coach Paul Mariner.

Still, the move will likely dampen the enthusiasm of TFC fans who hold the moral high ground over Montreal and Vancouver supporters; TFC fans could claim their team’s Canadian content was much higher than the Impact and Whitecaps. But, if the three Academy grads and Cann aren’t replaced by other Canadian prospects, that moral high ground won’t be as lofty in 2013 as it was in 2012.

Cann is not a major surprise. After being named TFC Player of the Year in 2010, he left camp in 2011 over a contract dispute. He came back, apologized for his mini-holdout, and later suffered a season-ending knee injury while training on the artificial surface at Cherry Beach. His 2012 season was marked by injury, and the big defender had clearly fallen out of favour with the team’s brain trust.

Cann’s base salary in 2012 was US$126,000.

Williams, a Jamaican international, suffered through an injury-filled 2012 season, while Harden began the year as a regular starter in the back but, as the team continued to leak goals, was pushed to the bench.

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