Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Toronto Fans Must Wait to See Gerba, June 24th, 2009 3:15PM



Canadian fans who have long waited for Ali Gerba to join Toronto FC will have to wait a few weeks more before they can see the national star dress for their team. On Tuesday TFC announced the signing of the 27-year-old striker from England's Milton Keynes Dons, but because the MLS transfer window doesn't open until July 15, Gerba cannot play for the club until its July 18 game against the Houston Dynamo.

Gerba, who brings a wealth of international playing experience with him, is already settling in on the practice field. "When the ball goes into him, he shields it very well and he brings others into the game," TFC coach Chris Cummins said. "He's a player we've been looking at for a while now. He's trained with the lads now and mixed in nicely. He's going to bring a lot of athleticism to the team, a lot of hunger, a lot of desire."

Born in Cameroon in 1981, Gerba relocated to Montreal in his childhood and began his pro career with the USL's Montreal Impact in 2000. After a brief stint with the Miami Fusion, Gerba went on to play in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and, perhaps most notably, Toronto. As a member of the former Toronto Lynx of the USL, Gerba was the club's second-highest all-time scorer, netting 24 goals in 57 appearances. He is glad to be back in Canada. "I'm back home so the feeling is great, the guys are great and I've heard the fans are pretty good so I'm coming here to enjoy my time here," Gerba said. "It's a little bit frustrating since I would've liked to have come right away, but the league is what it is so I've just got to be patient and wait for my time to come."


Read the original story...

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Youth soccer fights back against 49ers    
Northern California youth soccer advocates, including Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President Tino Silva, have launched ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives