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Toronto FC's expansion draft options
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | 04:40 AM ET
The Major League Soccer season is winding down and with Toronto FC out of the playoff picture, it's time for coach Mo Johnston to think about the expansion draft.
MLS will welcome back the San Jose Earthquakes for the 2008 campaign, but before it takes to the field, the club will get a chance to fill out its roster at the expansion draft in November.
San Jose will be allowed to select one unprotected player from each team. MLS clubs will be allowed to protect 10 players.
Here's who I think Toronto should protect:
Jim Brennan - This is a no-brainer. Brennan has played every minute of every game this season and it's hard to imagine Toronto without their current captain.
Carl Robinson - Robinson has been a steady presence in the centre of midfield and offers the club veteran leadership.
Greg Sutton - Quality goalkeepers are hard to come by, so, again, this is a no-brainer.
Marvell Wynne - Wynne has given Toronto an attacking presence with his speed and mazy dribbling skills down the wings. He's also versatile, as he can play either in defence or midfield.
Jeff Cunningham - Goals have been pretty hard to come by for Toronto this season. When he's not injured, Cunningham is a dangerous striker with blinding speed.
Maurice Edu - Edu is a lock to win the rookie of the year award and could be the cornerstone of the franchise for years to come - assuming his pending loan spell with a Premiership club (believed to be Aston Villa) doesn't become a permanent deal.
Ronnie O'Brien - Toronto fans didn't get to see the best of O'Brien this season because of injuries, but there's no doubting the Irishman's quality and class.
Danny Dichio - A big target man who has a real physical presence on the field.
Chris Pozniak - The Canadian has impressed this season, whether he's been asked to play in defence or midfield. He's shown a nice touch on the ball and displayed clever playmaking skills at times.
Andrew Boyens - I know a lot of fans think Boyens is mistake prone, but I've been quite impressed with the rookie and think he can develop into a solid centre back.
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John F. Molinaro is a reporter for CBC Sport Online whose chief love is international soccer. John served as senior editor of Sports Online's Euro 2004 website, which helped him win a CBC.ca Award of Excellence, and was the driving force behind our coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He holds an honours BA in sociology from York University and a print journalism diploma from Sheridan College, and is also the author of The Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of All Time (Stewart House, 2002).
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