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10-28-2012, 09:54 AM
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The Star with an article detailing the dysfunction under Winter (no surprise) and more concerning, speculation that the MLS meddled with the team's player acquisitions:
On July 13, the team shed its second-biggest contract by trading de Guzman to Dallas. The door was open.
Recently released from a contract in Greece and now retired from international football, the Swede was more interested in a new cultural experience for his young family than a bidding war. Though he had several European offers, Toronto caught Mellberg’s fancy.
He visited the city, where he was presented with a personalized Toronto FC jersey. A deal was worked out in principle — $3 million over two years. That number represented a significant savings on the $1.9 million paid annually to de Guzman.
Everyone in the team loved the move — acquiring a vastly experienced player capable of plugging that spot at the back where TFC wins went to die. They felt it was good value for money on a short-term contract that could bridge them through a rebuilding phase.
Given the cachet of Mellberg’s name, no one anticipated a problem getting approval from the league. They were stunned when the deal hit a wall at the MLS head office in New York.
Rest of the article (worth the read):
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