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Whitecaps clear out Tan, Franks; TFC waives Burgos

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As the MLS transfer window is now open, we see more and more fringe players on the move. And, of course, when a fringe player is cut, there is excitement amongst fans — who hope the roster spot might be opened for a new signing.

Both Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps were active Thursday.

TFC waived Efrain Burgos, who the Reds drafted in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft (which, this year, became the first round of the Supplemental Draft). Burgos made just two appearances for TFC this season. With Burgos, it’s all about clearing a roster spot, as his salary was just US$33,750.

The Whitecaps made two moves. First, it traded wantaway striker Long Tan to D.C. United for what Vancouver called a 2015 third-round pick in its press release. If MLS continues to form, that would be a first-round Supplemental Draft pick.

Long Tan: Be careful what you wish for…

Tan made some waves by making his displeasure with his lack of playing time public via Twitter, challenging the Caps to either play him or get rid of him. Now Tan goes to another offensively stacked club, which has made it clear it sees him as project player.

“We’re happy to have Long join our organization and will look forward to him joining the team. He’s an interesting prospect and a player we feel has a future upside,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper in a release issued by that club.

“Future upside” doesn’t translate to “playing anytime soon.”

As well, Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie parted ways with one of his former Carolina RailHawks, as physical midfielder Floyd Franks was waived. Franks, whose playing time was limited to the Amway Canadian Championship, will likely earn some interest from NASL clubs looking for a physical presence.


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