Toronto FC acquire Dominic Oduro in exchange for Alvaro Rey

Posted Jun 7, 2014 by Tyrrell Meertins
Toronto FC made another significant transfer move this week, acquiring Ghanaian attacker Dominic Oduro from the Columbus Crew in exchange for Alvaro Rey.
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Oduro, 28, appears to have been identified as an ideal target based on the Reds' lack of pace on the counterattack. It's evident that TFC has issues retaining possession, and has settled for attacking on the break, which explains why the trade is logical.
The Ghanaian attacker was selected 22nd overall in the second round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft from Virginia Commonwealth University by FC Dallas. Oduro has recorded 46 goals in 228 MLS appearances –– while playing for FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew –– but has failed to score this season.
General manager, Tim Bezbatchenko, expressed his delight regarding the deal.
“Dominic is a player that we have had our eye on for quite some time, and we are pleased to finalize this deal and bring him to Toronto FC,” said Bezbatchenko in a statement. “He is a player that has a tremendous amount of speed, and adds a lot to a team’s attack."
While the 28-year-old has been in poor form this season, Reds captain Steven Caldwell believes it was a deal that the club couldn’t resist.
“I think we have speed in all areas of our team, but you’re talking about maybe the fastest guy in the league [Oduro],” Caldwell said. “With him, we know we can break pace with any team and it gives everyone in the league a new problem to deal with.”
Rey, 24, will be heading to Columbus after failing to replicate the high levels he displayed at the start of the season. The 24-year-old has recorded one goal in seven appearances this season, but has failed to produce consistent performances since his return from a hamstring injury.
This is the third acquisition TFC has made over the past month, as they aim to make a legitimate playoff push in the second half of the season. The Reds will host the San Jose Earthquake this afternoon at BMO Field before enjoying a two week World Cup layoff.