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Toronto adds Orr, Driver returns to Houston
January 24th, 2014 4:24PM

TAGS:  houston dynamo, mls, montreal impact, new england revolution, toronto fc


[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] Having spent millions on its attack with the acquisition of Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Gilberto, Toronto FC moved to bolster its backline with the addition of 31-year-old defender Bradley Orr on loan from English Championship club Blackburn Rovers.

“Bradley Orr represents the addition of a versatile defender with valuable experience, and gives greater depth to our backline,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Ryan [Nelsen] has known Bradley for some time and was instrumental in helping to secure his arrival to our club.”

Orr most recently spent time on loan from Blackburn to English Championship rival Blackpool after stints at Newcastle United, Burnley, Bristol City, Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich Town.

WAIVER DRAFT. D.C. United claimed University of Maryland's Christiano Francois via a waiver draft. Francois, a product of St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey and former Haiti U-17 international, relinquished his college eligibility after the MLS SuperDraft by signing a contract with MLS. Chicago picked 2011 Soccer America Freshman of the Year Giuseppe Gentile out of Charlotte. Gentile also himself available to all teams via a waiver draft by giving up the last year of his college eligibility.

DRIVER RE-SIGNS WITH DYNAMO. The Houston Dynamo added to its already deep squad on the flanks with the signing of Scotsman Andrew Driver to a new contract. The Dynamo had declined his option, but Driver reached an agreement with the club to return in 2014. He started 20 games in 2013 before Achilles tendinitis slowed him down.

Report: MLS Defender of the Year Jose Goncalves told the website that he was thinking of returning to Europe. The Portuguese defender, who began the 2013 season on loan from FC Sion to the New England Revolution, was quoted as saying:

"After the MLS season ended last year, there have been a lot of discussions and meetings with the Revs… a lot of promises have been made, but nothing came at the end and the club also gave me the feeling that I am easy to replace, so for me it is a very simple answer and that’s it."

A return to Europe won't be easy. The Revs exercised the purchase option in Goncalves' contract from FC Sion in November, and the transfer market closes in Europe on Jan. 31.

MONTREAL CALLS UP U23s. Defender Amine Meftouh, midfielder Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare and forward Victor Ndiaye from the Impact U23 side will all take part in Montreal's training camp that opens Monday at the Marie-Victorin Sports complex. Gagnon-Lapare, 18, attended the recent Canadian national team camp in Florida, after making his official debut for his country at the senior level last September.

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