Gone today, here today: TFC lose then regain 'keeper Clint Irwin

Toronto FC have reacquired goalkeeper Clint Irwin from Atlanta United FC in exchange for defender Mark Bloom and general allocation money on Tuesday, just hours after losing him in the MLS expansion draft.

MLS Cup finalists get keeper back 3 hours after losing him to expansion draft

Toronto FC lost No. 1 goalkeeper Clint Irwin to Atlanta in Tuesday's expansion draft but reacquired him in a trade just hours later. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Goalkeeper Clint Irwin and fullback Donny Toia were briefly members of expansion Atlanta United on Tuesday.

Both were taken in Tuesday's MLS draft that saw Atlanta and Minnesota United pick five players each. But Toronto moved to reacquire Irwin and Toia, taken first overall from the Montreal Impact, was subsequently traded to Orlando.

Under the draft rules, none of the existing teams could lose more than one player. The Vancouver Whitecaps were unscathed by the draft but added right back Sheanon Williams from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for general allocation money.

Montreal picked up a defender by acquiring Chris Duvall, a former Red Bull taken second overall by Minnesota in Tuesday's draft. The Impact, who also got general allocation money, sent Costa Rican midfielder Johan Venegas to Minnesota to complete the deal.

Duvall is a right back who has also played at centre back.

Toronto loses Bloom, GAM

To get its No. 1 goalkeeper back, Toronto sent reserve fullback Mark Bloom and general allocation money to Atlanta. The 29-year-old Bloom, a former starter, had four assists in 44 appearances in all competitions for Toronto.

"Our hope was to not lose anyone in the expansion draft. No matter how you work your protected list, due to the depth of our roster we knew it was a possibility and we had to prepare accordingly," Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement.

The deal was likely made in advance of the draft. Atlanta United president Darren Eales confirmed that several "pre-arranged trades" had been in place.

Orlando got Toia for a first-round pick — eighth overall — in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

"We are happy to acquire Donny," assistant GM Niki Budalic said. "He's an athletic fullback with MLS experience that will fit into [coach] Jason [Kreis'] style."

Kreis has ties to Toia, who came up through the Real Salt Lake academy. He was the first homegrown player to be signed to a pro contract by RSL in March 2011, while Kreis coached the senior team.

Toia made 17 appearances for the Impact this season with 15 starts.

'We had to make difficult choices'

"We had to make difficult choices in this process in order to come up with our protected list and unfortunately, one of our players was selected," Impact technical director Adam Braz said in a statement.

Midfielder Collen Warner, a former Toronto and Montreal player most recently with Houston, went to Minnesota in the draft.

After Toia, Atlanta United chose defender Zach Loyd of FC Dallas, Irwin, defender Mikey Ambrose of Orlando City and goalkeeper Alec Kann of Sporting Kansas City.

Minnesota also selected Columbus midfielder Mohammed Saeid, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Jeff Attinella and New England forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen.


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