Toronto Making Room For McBride Deal?

Toronto Making Room For McBride Deal?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 4, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Brian McBride, Chad Barrett, Chris Rolfe, Justin Mapp, Pat Phelan, Wilman Conde

Toronto FC just traded first-round draft pick Pat Phelan to the New England Revolution for an international roster spot through 2010.

This very well could be a deal that could signify a possible deal with Chicago before long regarding US striker Brian McBride. Toronto makes up the roster space to get the room for a possible player that Chicago will be giving up.

What player might that be? Toronto had strong interest in Justin Mapp, while Wilman Conde would also be a good addition for Toronto. I’m still thinking they could/should go for a Chris Rolfe or Chad Barrett.

New England makes out very well in all of this by acquiring a versatile and highly-regarded rookie in Phelan, who can provide cover both in the back and in defensive midfield. Adding a defensive player like that to increase their depth going into the summer is a move I really like for the Revs, plus I am still pretty high on Phelan to be a quality player in this league.

It will be interesting to see what Mo Johnston has under his sleeve now and just what the Fire will give up for the chance to add McBride. I think to say that Toronto doesn’t have leverage in this deal is a bit silly but it is MLS we are dealing with here when it comes to a high profile player.

  • FxB

    I don't know what the Fire hope to gain from adding McBride. Nine games into their campaign, they are the best team in the league. In other words, everything is running smoothly without McBride. Fine, he may help them out at the box office, but having to work McBride into the team is going to slow them down, and nothing draws worse at the box office than a struggling team. Let McBride go to Toronto, or somewhere else, I say.

  • FxB

    I don’t know what the Fire hope to gain from adding McBride. Nine games into their campaign, they are the best team in the league. In other words, everything is running smoothly without McBride. Fine, he may help them out at the box office, but having to work McBride into the team is going to slow them down, and nothing draws worse at the box office than a struggling team. Let McBride go to Toronto, or somewhere else, I say.

  • occupant

    That's not the issue. McBride has clearly stated that he wants to play for Chicago and the league will make that happen one way or another. Most people here in Chicago would welcome him home and look forward to seeing him in a Fire shirt. However, we're wary of messing with what works. We all know that MLS rules are written in pencil and whether this happens legitimately or the league erases and rewrites a couple of things, it seems to be a done deal.

  • occupant

    That’s not the issue. McBride has clearly stated that he wants to play for Chicago and the league will make that happen one way or another. Most people here in Chicago would welcome him home and look forward to seeing him in a Fire shirt. However, we’re wary of messing with what works. We all know that MLS rules are written in pencil and whether this happens legitimately or the league erases and rewrites a couple of things, it seems to be a done deal.