Barrett says he was 'naive'

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:18 PM ET

TORONTO - Chad Barrett knew sweeping changes were coming in the off-season after Toronto FC revamped its front office, but he thought he’d be safe.

Asked ahead of his return to Toronto if his trade to Los Angeles was a surprise, Barrett answered in the affirmative.

“I shouldn’t have (felt comfortable) but kind of did after Toronto went to great lengths to protect me (in the expansion draft),” Barrett said.

“It was kind of naive on my part. It was a sad day; I was very comfortable here. But it’s a new possibility for me.”

Plagued by injuries during his stay in Canada, Barrett finally came around last season and was basically the only other offensive threat after Dwayne De Rosario.

Barrett was less surprised to see his former captain traded.

“I heard Aron Winter was a pretty hard-nosed guy so I thought they might butt heads a little bit. I don’t know if that was the case (though),” Barrett said, before adding he was disappointed De Rosario was sent packing.

“God knows, if anybody should have got the money on this team, of course it should have been the guy who was putting up the numbers consistently.”


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