TFC to net Wagenaar?

DEAN McNULTY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

The search for a starting goalkeeper with first division European experience apparently is over for Toronto FC manager Mo Johnston.

Several sources have told Sun Media that the 'keeper Johnston is after is likely 22-year-old Josh Wagenaar of Grimsby, who has played the past two seasons for ADO den Haag in the Dutch league.

Johnston was huddled with his players yesterday at BMO Field pouring over game film from the team's horrible 3-0 loss to Chicago Fire on Sunday and unavailable.

But he told the media after that game that he was in contact with a 'keeper who was playing in Europe and who would be able to be signed by TFC without stepping over Major League Soccer rules about adding international players to team rosters.

"We are in discussions," he said. "And we expect to make an announcement (today) or Wednesday."

Because Wagenaar is both a Canadian and under-25, Johnston could add him to his starting roster without having to lose one of his four senior international players.

The need for a starting goalkeeper became No. 1 on Johnston's list of priorities when Greg Sutton developed signs of post-concussion syndrome after he was hurt during a practice with Canada's national men's team while preparing for the Gold Cup.

TFC got emergency help from 18-year-old Canadian David Monsalve on loan from the league for games against Aston Villa and Chicago but in spite of his heroics in both matches, he is seen by Johnston as a stop-gap measure.

"I'm not blaming the kid," Johnston said of Monsalve's play. "I thought he did well under the circumstances."

Johnston also faces the prospect of a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday without the services of midfielder Ronnie O'Brien, forward Jeff Cunningham and defender Marvel Wynne, all of whom are lost to the club for a month or more with various serious injuries.

Also among the walking wounded is star forward Danny Dichio, who has hip flexor and back injuries that need resting.


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