The trading of a team captain is always a big event. The trading of the one player who scored the majority, and I mean majority of your teams goals for two players who have five goals between them and a draft pick that will be a low first rounder will meet some resistance from fans. Add to that mix, the fact the team captain is home grown and fans liked number 14. Fans paid to see Dwayne DeRosario compete and score goals. A career best 15 last season. A champion, an all star sent away after one win under a new coach and in a new system of play.
Why this trade can work for Toronto is obvious. Does not take a brain surgeon to see the youth, potential and money saved Toronto FC acquired in this trade. DeRosario at the peak of his athletic career is likely to start feeling the inevitable down side any season now. Toronto FC fans have to trust player personel director Paul Mariner with this move. Mariner knows the MLS, knows all about DeRosaio and also is well aware of how to build a team in this league.
Truth be told, while Toronto Fc fans want a playoff spot now, (heck even the play by play guy wouldn’t mind calling one of those this year), reality is this team needed to be overhauled and it is being overhauled. With DeRosario traded you make it 15 players from last years team now gone. Change was necessary. A new style of play was needed. Will this one work? Time will tell. But it appears as if the time was now to trade a very good player, and try to build the Toronto franchise for the present and more-so for the future.