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Toronto Gets Serioux

Posted on 25 February 2009 by Scott Ferguson

Toronto FC acquired Canadian international defender Adrian Serioux on Tuesday for the club’s 2010 natural first round draft pick and allocation money, bringing the versatile hardman to BMO Field for the second time after he was first acquired by the club in the 2007 expansion draft.

After initially joining the club ahead of their expansion season, Serioux had been traded to FC Dallas for Ronnie O’Brien, allowing then-coach Mo Johnston to address a more pressing need at right midfield. One season and only 13 games later, O’Brien has since left for San Jose.

Serioux is a regular at central defense for the Canadian national team but can play anywhere in midfield or defense. At former club Milwall in England, Serioux was renowned for his long throws, a strategy that Stoke City have used to famous effect with Rory Delap in the English Premier League this season.

Toronto FC have been criticized for a lack of commitment to Canadian soccer, but 2009 has so far looked bright for fans of both TFC and the Red and White. The Canadian Championship will go ahead for another year, with TFC desperate to take home the Voyageurs Cup and emulate rivals Montreal Impact in challenging the continent’s elite at the CONCACAF Champions League.

Toronto FC’s Academy is in full swing for their second CSL season, while Serioux represents another Canadian addition to Carver’s roster. It’s a far cry from the scene of several Canadians leaving the club at the end of 2007, arguably not good enough for the rigours of MLS.

Serioux joins fellow Scarborough native and former Houston Dynamo teammate Dwayne De Rosario in signing for his hometown club ahead of the 2009 campaign. Several Canadians remain scattered throughout MLS.

Will Johnson scored the 2008 MLS Goal of the Year for Real Salt Lake, while leftback Ante Jazic joined Chivas USA from LA Galaxy this offseason. 41-year-old goalkeeper Pat Onstad remains the lone Canadian at Houston.

In other transfer news, defender Tyrone Marshall joined expansion side Seattle Sounders for allocation money this month, while Argentine forward Pablo Vitti has joined TFC on loan from Ukrainian club Chornomorets Odessa.

Serioux will get his chance to impress when Toronto kick off theircampaign in Kansas City on March 21st. A large continent of travelling fans are likely to land in Columbus on March 28th for the second match of the season, while April 4th will see TFC welcome Seattle for the Canadian side’s home opener.

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