Toronto FC signs goalkeeper Greg Sutton
Toronto FC signed Canadian national team goalkeeper Greg Sutton to a multi-year contract, the Major League Soccer expansion franchise announced Friday.
Sutton, 29, joins Toronto after five seasons with the Montreal Impact of the United Soccer League.
The six-foot-six goalkeeper, who has played eight games for Canada's national team, has previous MLS experience with the Chicago Fire and New York/New Jersey MetroStars.
His first venture in MLS was far from successful, however, and he quickly returned to Canada, where hebecame a standout with Montreal and was named USL goalkeeper of the year the last four seasons, as well as league MVP in 2004.
Now he's back in MLS and ready to take another shot at playing in North America's top soccer league. He also feels he has a point to prove.
"When I was playing in the league six or seven years ago, I was a young kid with not a lot of game experience, and it was a tough time for myself," Sutton told reporters at a news conference Friday.
"There's definitely something for me to prove. â¦ I think I've done fairly well [with Montreal], and now it's time for me to push myself to a new level. I think this is the perfect opportunity to do that."
Sutton's height and athletic ability, and several other factors played apart in Toronto FC purchasing him from the Impact.
"He's a Canadian international. He's a very good goalkeeper and he's good to have in the locker-room. I'm excited to have him here," said Toronto FC head coach Mo Johnston.
Top goalkeeper choice
Johnston said Sutton was his first choice for starting goalkeeper.
"He's the only goalkeeper that we wanted to secure," confirmed Johnston.
Sutton made his debut for the Canadian national team on Jan. 18, 2004, against Barbados. Heplayed all three games at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which determines the men's champion of the region covering North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Sutton becomes Toronto FC's 12th player. Last week, the club announced the signing of Canadian defenders Adam Braz, Chris Pozniak and Marco Reda, along with Irish midfielder Ronnie O'Brien.
Toronto FC joined MLS on May 11 as its 13th team and the first outside the United States. The team starts play in April.