Big apple blockbuster DeRosario traded to NY
The New York Red Bulls bolstered an already star-studded lineup while Toronto FC moved a step closer to a complete rebuilding process after the teams completed a blockbuster trade on Friday that will send star playmaker Dwayne DeRosario to the Red Bulls.
New York is sending a trade package including midfielder Tony Tchani, defender Danleigh Borman and a first-round pick in 2012 for DeRosario, sources told Fox Soccer on Friday. Major League Soccer is finalizing the details of the trade, which could have DeRosario in a New York uniform to face his former team, the Houston Dynamo, on Saturday.
The trade ends a tumultuous marriage between Toronto FC and DeRosario, a Toronto native and Canadian national team star who had made public proclamations about his unhappiness with his contract situation. He was TFC’s best player during his time in Toronto, but was never the team’s highest-paid player.
DeRosario joins a loaded New York lineup and gives the team the playmaker the club has spent years searching for. His playmaking ability should help the forward tandem of Thierry Henry and Juan Agudelo flourish. The Red Bulls were already considered the heavy favorites to win the Eastern Conference. The addition of DeRosario now makes the Red Bulls an even stronger title contender and Supporters Shield contender.
The Red Bulls could be mortgaging their future a bit with the departure of Tchani as well as a first-round pick, but the club’s recent influx of academy products should keep New York stocked with young talent for the foreseeable future. DeRosario turns 33 in May, making him another aging star on a Red Bulls squad built to win right away. With Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez also pushing their mid-30s, New York will be under pressure to win silverware this season.
Toronto FC came away with some valuable pieces in the trade, while also freeing up salary cap space. Tchani is a highly-regarded midfielder who was the second overall pick in the 2010 MLS Draft. He could step in and start for Toronto. Borman is an underrated left back/left midfielder who should provide some depth.
Toronto also secured a first-round draft pick in 2012, which could prove valuable now that TFC has Paul Mariner in its front office. Mariner has a reputation for being one of the best evaluators of college talent during his time as New England assistant.
For the present, losing DeRosario will hurt Toronto, but the club has already added a natural replacement in Serbian midfielder Alen Stevanovic, who is on loan from Italian Serie B side Torino. Stevanovic is a 20-year-old playmaker currently co-owned by reigning UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan.