Toronto FC trades for Togolese striker
Toronto FC added some quickness to its roster Thursday by acquiring Togolese striker Abdoulaye (Abbe) Ibrahim in a trade with the New York Red Bulls.
In exchange for the five-foot-nine, 155-pound Ibrahim, Toronto gives New York its fourth-round draft pick in the 2008 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
As per club policy, financial details were not disclosed.
Ibrahim, a 20-year-old native of Lome, had a promising rookie season in 2005 with the Red Bulls,then known as the New York-New Jersey Metrostars, scoring two goals and adding three assists in 16 games.
Before signing with New York on March 21, 2005, Ibrahim trained with both Manchester United and Hearts during the pre-season.
Though Ibrahim did not play in the MLS last season, Toronto FC head coach Mo Johnston isn't worried about his new forward's capabilities.
"He's very hungry", said Johnston. "He's lightning quick and causes defenders a lot of problems."
Ibrahim, who played on Togo's youth national teams, spent the majority of his professional soccer career in the FC Espoire Academy in Lome.
With files from the Canadian Press