TFC cancels Da Ali G era

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- With the Ali Gerba saga finally settled, Toronto FC appears poised to do some shopping.

The disappointing Gerba's contract was terminated by TFC Monday.

Signed to an expensive guaranteed contract last June in the hopes he would lift TFC's punchless offence, Gerba managed just one goal in 11 games with the club before being sent home following a poor training camp this year.

TFC head coach Preki had said Gerba was not in his plans, making his split from the team inevitable, despite the contractual ramifications.

TFC wouldn't confirm as much, but judging by the wording of its press release, which thanked Gerba for his "contribution to the club," it is likely Gerba took some sort of a buyout.

TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston said his club has the ability to open its coffers.

"We have money to sign players," Johnston said via e-mail.

"We will be adding very shortly."

A forward, or more specifically a striker, should be tops on the agenda.

Injuries to Chad Barrett and Jacob Peterson, though not expected to keep them out long-term, have limited TFC's options up front. Dwayne De Rosario, not a natural striker, and O'Brian White played the full 90 minutes in the squad's only match of the season so far, a 2-0 loss to the Crew in Columbus.

In the meantime, TFC inked midfielder Joseph Nane, a 2010 MLS SuperDraft selecton, to a developmental contract.

"Joseph is a good young prospect," Johnston said in a release. "Our coaching staff is looking forward to working with him, and helping him develop into a good young player for us."

The 23-year-old Old Dominion product and Cameroon international would bring some much-needed size to the roster. At 6-foot-2, Joseph becomes the second-tallest position player on the team. He was a second-team all-American.

TFC selected Joseph 53rd overall. At the time, Johnston told Sun Media: "He can be a defender or a midfielder, and he's a lefty."

TFC will take on the New England Revolution Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. before breaking in the new grass at BMO Field April 15 vs. the expansion Philadelphia Union.


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