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Unkind cut: TFC waives Dunfield

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Last year, former Reform Party leader Preston Manning spoke at the Trudeau Foundation conference in Edmonton; he spoke about how leaders determine what actions serve the common good and the public interest.

He described the public interest as a “vector sum,” a place on a graph determined by the x and y of perceived need and popular support.

Today, Toronto FC waived Canadian midfielder Terry Dunfield. The player’s age (Dunfield is 31), salary ($120,000 according to the MLS Players Union), injury issues and the fact that young Designated Player Matias Laba has been handed the midfield reins created a “vector sum” for Reds’ president and general manager Kevin Payne.

“This was a difficult decision to make but our midfielders have been playing well, and there are young players to develop and find minutes for. We felt this was the best decision for both the club and Terry moving forward,” said Toronto FC Head Coach Ryan Nelsen in a release issued by the club. “On behalf of everyone at Toronto FC, we’d like to thank Terry for his contributions to the club and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Dunfield joins Canadian Matt Stinson and Canadian resident Ashton Bennett as domestic players who have been chopped by the Reds since the start of the season.

Dunfield’s age will make it difficult for him to find a job; and the longer he doesn’t play, the more doubt about his national-team career.

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