Toronto FC made two moves for Americans Monday, acquiring forward Conor Casey from German club FSV Mainz 05 andclaiming goalkeeper Jon Busch off waivers.
Toronto, the Major League Soccer expansion franchise that is set to play its first game against Chivas USA April 7, had its eye on Casey for the past few weeks.The 25-year-oldtrained with the club while his move from Germany was being completed.
"Adding new players is always exciting, and in Conor we're also adding experience," said Toronto head coach Mo Johnston.
"He's a striker that adds a different flavour. We are strong up front and Conor is a good blend with our other guys…."
Casey, a member of the U.S. national team, arrives in Toronto after spending the past few seasons in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, Hannover 96, Karlsruher SC and FSV Mainz 05.
He began his pro career playing for Dortmund's amateur squad in 2000 before being loaned to Hannover 96 during the 2001-02 campaign.
He ended up scoring seven goals in 19 appearances that season.
From there, Casey joined Karlsruhe SC before moving on to Mainz in June 2004
Casey's last game for the U.S. national team was in 2005. He also helped the Americans to a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Played with Columbus
Toronto plucked Busch, 30,from the Columbus Crew in Monday's MLS waiver draft.
Buschenjoyed a standout seasonin 2004 when he helped the Crew to a league-record 18-game winning streak and was named a finalist for MLS goalkeeper of the year.
Busch, though,has been plagued by injuries over the last two seasons. Abad kneesidelined him for the better part of 2005, and in 2006 he managed onlyeight games due to injury.
"He's got a lot of experience, and we're happy to have him," Johnston said.
Busch is set to join the rest of Toronto FC in the next few days fortraining campin Bradenton, Fla.