Toronto FC takes Robbie Findley in first stage of MLS Re-Entry Process

BY foxsports • December 12, 2014

Toronto FC strengthened its uncertain forward corps and two clubs got goalkeeping help in a quiet first stage of the MLS re-entry draft Friday.

With the future of England striker Jermain Defoe in question, TFC made the biggest splash of the day by plucking former Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley.

The only other players chosen were ex-Sporting Kansas City goalkeepers: Eric Kronberg, who went to the Montreal Impact with the first pick, and San Jose Earthquakes selection Andy Gruenebaum.

Findley, 29, scored one goal in 16 appearances (eight starts) for RSL last season. The former U.S. international returned to Salt Lake for the 2013 campaign after two years with English side Nottingham Forest but could never replicate the form that earned him a place at the 2010 World Cup.

The re-entry draft serves as a form of free agency, featuring veteran players whose options have been declined or who are out of contract. Any player picked in the first stage must have his option exercised or be extended a bona fide offer (as stipulated by the CBA).

Many more players are expected to be picked in Thursday's second stage, when clubs are granted more financial flexibility to sign their selections.

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