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TFC says Iro, Marosevic rejected contract offers

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Toronto FC didn’t release forward Peri Marosevic and defender Andy Iro; according the MLS club, the two players rejected its contract offers.

The team announced Friday that both Iro and Marosevic won’t be back this season.

“Both Andy and Peri declined our contract extension offers and now the club is ready to move on,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter in a release issued by the club. “We met with both players at the conclusion of the season and presented them with fair offers that they have declined. I’d like to thank them for their contributions to our club and wish them well in the future endeavours.”

It’s been reported in the U.K. press that Iro — who struggled in the central defensive role after he was acquired from Columbus in a trade that sent Tony Tchani to Ohio — is on trial with Championship relegation battlers Nottingham Forest.

In January, the U.K.’s Daily Star reported that Iro “is being tracked at Toronto by a host of Championship clubs.”

Toronto gave up 59 goals last season, the worst figure in all of MLS.

Tchani and Danleigh Borman were the two players who came to Toronto from New York in exchange for eventual league MVP Dwayne De Rosario. Borman was claimed in the Re-Entry Draft by New England, and Tchani was the player sent to Columbus in the Iro deal. Iro is now gone without compensation.

Marosevic was drafted fifth overall in 2009 by FC Dallas, but never broke into the lineup under coach Schellas Hyndman. TFC picked him up in 2011 as a waiver claim, and he had some flashes of brilliance. He scored three times over 14 MLS and CONCACAF Champions League matches. But, since TFC used no assets to claim Marosevic, it’s not a move that will have many fans fretting.

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