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Busy Times In Toronto As Robert Leaves, Ruiz Arrives
Toronto Star, August 20th, 2008 12:30PM

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Toronto FC kept quiet during the past week's press reports about midfielder Maurice Edu's $5 million move to Glasgow Rangers. But on Tuesday the team made a flurry of announcements, waiving midfielder Laurent Robert, and signing L.A.'s much-traveled Guatemalan striker Carlos Ruiz. Edu's move, meanwhile, will become official when the player receives a U.K. work permit.

Robert came to Toronto as a free agent from English side Derby County in April, "but slumped after a strong start," writes Morgan Campbell. His $337,000 salary made him the team's highest-paid player, and dumping that cleared space for Ruiz. The terms of the Ruiz trade were not yet clear, but it will allow the Galaxy in turn to sign veteran U.S. national team midfielder Eddie Lewis.

Toronto will also take two-thirds of Edu's transfer fee (one third going to MLS). $500,000 goes to the team's allocation fund "and they'll have until late next year to use it on salaries and player signings." The remaining $2.8 million goes to the team's soccer operations, which could mean anything from funding its academy to replacing its home field turf with natural grass.

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