Dan Gargan cut loose by TFC
Defender said his goodbyes to teammates on Monday
Toronto FC’s roster makeover continues.
Defender Dan Gargan has been cut by the Major League Soccer club. Gargan cleared out his locker at BMO Field on Monday and said goodbye to teammates after being told his services were no longer required, a source told CBCSports.ca.
It’s expected that the club will make an official announcement in the coming days.
Toronto FC could not be reached for comment.
Gargan’s departure comes on the heels of some major moves by TFC.
Earlier this month, head coach and technical director Aron Winter made three separate trades — including one that shipped Nana Attakora, Jacob Peterson and Alan Gordon to the San Jose Earthquakes — and signed free agent defender Eddy Viator.
In late June, the club added two designated players: German midfielder Torsten Frings and Dutch forward Danny Koevermans.
Gargan, a 28-year-old native of Philadelphia, joined TFC at the start of the 2010 MLS season.
A fourth-round pick (43rd overall) of Colorado in the 2005 draft, Gargan was cut by the Rapids in 2008 and went on to announce his retirement. It turned out to be a short sabbatical, as he joined the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL First Division in 2009, before landing in Toronto the following year.
He established himself as a regular starter during his first season with the Reds, and he scored his first career MLS goal during a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on July 1, 2010. This season, he played in 16 games (12 as a starter) and accumulated 1,063 minutes in playing time.
He leaves TFC having played in 43 MLS games.
Gargan’s departure could be an indication that Winter has already lined up a new player to bolster his defence, which has conceded a league-high 41 goals this campaign.
With a 3-11-9 record and 18 points, Toronto currently sits in last place in the Eastern Conference, and is eight points out of a playoff spot with 11 games remaining in the regular season.