Friday, November 17, 2006

Serioux goes to Toronto Dallas, O'Brien goes to Toronto

What a day for Adrian Serioux (pictured). He woke up as a member of the Dynamo, became part of Toronto FC due to the expansion draft and then was traded to FC Dallas an hour later.

Three clubs in one day, wow.

In return for the trade, Dallas sends always happy midfielder Ronnie O'Brien to Canada. In an interesting twist, this is the second time Coach Mo Johnston has traded Serioux in less then a year. While he was coach of the team from New York, Mo sent Serioux to Houston for Danny O'Rourke. Mo took O'Rourke from New York today.

One would seem to think this trade might be part of the reason FC Dallas did not have a player taken in the draft.

Mo Johnson said to expect more trades in the next 48-hours as at least six of his acquisitions today were made for trade purposes.

Getting rid of Serioux is a bit of a surprise as he is Canadian, thus would count as a domestic player. He is also a strong defender. He missed some games due to injury this season, but did make a good return to form. This is also strange because Serioux wanted to play in Toronto to be closer to his family. If this is true, then he might not be happy with his time in Dallas. Could this hurt his play on the pitch?

O'Brien can be an outstanding midfielder, however he can also be a difficult player who is easily upset. Keeping him in line will be a big test of Johnston's coaching abilities.

Houston fans have got to hate this. Not only did they lose a good back, but they also lost him to their Texas rival.

Update: Well O'Rourke's and Will Hesmer's time in Toronto didn't last long as both were traded to Columbus in exchange for a partial allocation. Hesmer was the biggest surprise for me, but I get it now. The Crew needed another goalkeeper.

Also, Jason Kreis is back with Real Salt Lake as his club gave Toronto a partial allocation to have him returned.

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