Sutton happy to stay

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

If Toronto FC goalkeeper Greg Sutton was upset that the team left him unprotected in this week's Major League Soccer expansion draft, he's hiding it well.

The lanky Canadian international was all smiles as he accepted the U-Sector fan group's player of the year award last night at TFC's fourth and final pub crawl in downtown Toronto.

Sutton said that TFC boss Mo Johnston had assured him it was an extreme long shot that the expansion Seattle Sounders would take him in Wednesday's draft as the club already had signed Kasey Keller to be their starting 'keeper.

And Sutton's $157,560 U.S. salary would have been way too much for a backup.

"I'm just happy (TFC) has managed to keep the core group of players together," Sutton said. "I think with this team we can not only make the playoffs next season but challenge for the MLS Cup."

The 31-year-old Hamilton native was among the first players signed by TFC when it entered the league in 2007.


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