Toronto Signs Irish Defender O’Dea

Toronto Signs Irish Defender O’Dea

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 3, 2012
  • Darren O'Dea, Features

O’Dea hopes to be a key figure for Toronto FC. (Getty Images)

For the majority of the 2012 season, the biggest issue for Toronto FC was arguably their defense, particularly in the area of center back. All of that may be soon changing as the club announced today the signing of Irish international center back Darren O’Dea.

The 25-year old defender began his career with Celtic and made 46 appearances with the Old Firm club. At Celtic, O’Dea won the Scottish Premier League twice (’06-’07 and ’07-’08) along with the Scottish Cup in 2008 and the Scottish League Cup in 2009. During his six seasons at Celtic, O’Dea went on three different loan spells with English clubs: Reading (’09), Ipswich Town (’10-’11), and Leeds United (’11-’12).

O’Dea has earned 14 caps for the Irish National Team, and was most recently included in Ireland’s UEFA EURO 2012 squad.

O’Dea will be added to Toronto’s roster and eligible for selection upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. This sounds like an instant upgrade in defense for the Reds and they still have an outside shot at getting into the playoffs for the first time in club history. If anything however, this move sounds like a good one going forward should they also advance in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.