Regardless of where their team winds up in the MLS standings, Toronto FC's duo of John Carver
and Mo Johnston
has set the
pace regarding recent transactions. Filing discovery claims on strikers Paul Dickov
and Darren Huckerby
before anyone else yielded a contract with Dickov and a
trade with San Jose for the rights to Huckerby, for which TFC received allocation money and an international player slot.
According to a source, Dickov has signed an 18-month deal
that will pay him approximately $500,000, which means he'll earn the maximum salary or close to it next year, and about half of that for the remainder of this season. His acquisition is
expected to be announced Tuesday, or as soon as there is a roster slot available. TFC waived Andrea Lombardo
last week but still needs to trim a player to make room for Dickov.
Toronto also still holds the rights via allocation to Brian McBride
and has yet to conclude a deal by which it will trade him to Chicago, which is where he wants to
play. He will be eligible to play Tuesday, when the U.S. secondary transfer window opens, and no one would be surprised if, sooner or later, MLS instructs TFC to either put McBride on its 18-man
roster, trade him, or lose its allocation claim to him. This is a single-entity league, remember.
In the allocation process, teams are ranked in reverse order of results in the past
30 games - when the allocation claim is filed -- and have the option of claiming an available player, or passing. Toronto moved into the top spot when San Jose, at the top of the list as an
expansion team, recklessly chased former Rapids striker Peguero Jean Philippe
, who arrived from Scandanavia with bad knees, suffered internal knee derangement, and is on
Though he's 35, Dickov is a pesky, relentless forward who adds yet another dimension to a TFC attack that already features speed (Jeff
) and strength (Danny Dichio
) up front, and myriad midfield talents in wingers Rohan Ricketts
and Laurent Robert
, and central linkmen Maurice Edu
and Carl Robinson
A former Scottish youth international - he played for Scotland
against the USA and Claudio Reyna
at the FIFA U-16 world championship in 1989 - Dickov scored 97 goals in 278 league appearances for eight teams, and comes to MLS after being
loaned by Manchester City to Crystal Palace and Blackpool.
Huckerby is supposedly on money similar to that of Dickov but the length of his contract isn't known. He scored 85 goals
in 352 league appearances for nine clubs, the last of which, Norwich, named him to its all-time team. At 32, he's three years younger than Dickov, and has yet to train with San Jose, which he
visited last week after a trip to Toronto and soon afterwards expressed a dislike for the artificial turf at BMO Field.
Sealy has scored 28 goals for Kansas City since it drafted him
out of Wake Forest in 2005. The acquisitions of Claudio Lopez
and Josh Wolff
this season edged him off the Wizards' roster.
To make room for
Huckerby and Sealy, the Quakes waived midfielder Joe Vide
, who had been left exposed by New York in the expansion draft. He played five games for the Quakes.