TFC signs defender Dan Gargan
Another day, another new player for Toronto FC.
The Major League Soccer club announced Saturday that it has signed defender Dan Gargan to a contract. Financial details of the deal were not released.
Gargan, 27, trained and played in a few pre-season games for TFC in recent months.
Toronto opens the regular season on Saturday (4 p.m. ET) on the road against the Columbus Crew.
A source told CBCSports.ca that Gargan is currently en route to Ohio and is expected to land in Columbus at 1:50 p.m. ET. He is going straight to the stadium from the airport to undergo a medical examination and, if fit, he could sit on the substitute’s bench for the game against the Crew.
"Dan is a player that showed promise during our pre-season," Toronto general manager Mo Johnston said in a news release. "He’s a utility player that will be able to play in numerous spots for us."
Gargan was selected in the third round (43rd overall) by the Colorado Rapids in the 2005 MLS supplemental draft. He played in 49 games for the Rapids before moving on to Chivas USA in 2008.
Shortly after, he retired from soccer, citing personal reasons. But he returned to the game in 2009, playing in 12 games for Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL First Division.
The signing of Gargan completes a busy week of roster movement by the Reds.
On Thursday, Toronto traded right fullback Marvell Wynne to Colorado for midfielder Nick LaBrocca and a third-round pick in the 2011 draft.
Twenty-four hours later, the team made three separate moves, releasing backup goalkeeper Brian Edwards (and replacing him with MLS veteran Jon Conway) and signing Argentine midfielder Martin Saric.