TORONTO -- One Canadian in, one Canadian out?
Toronto FC acquired Canadian international Terry Dunfield from the rival Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday in exchange for allocation money and future considerations.
Apparently that wasn’t the extent of the team’s wheeling and dealing though.
Toronto native and longest-serving Red Nana Attakora told cbcsports.ca that he has been dealt to the San Jose Earthquakes.
That would end a distracting saga that began when Attakora and the club could not come to terms on a contract extension prior to this season.
Attakora found himself benched for much of the year before getting injured when he finally returned to the lineup.
Dunfield, 29 and the only Vancouver native on the Whitecaps had fallen out of favour with Vancouver’s new head coach.
He is a fiery player who will bring a much-needed edge to TFC.
“He is a passionate player and he will fit in well,” TFC head coach and technical director Aron Winter said in a release.
“He has played well this season for Vancouver and we have seen first-hand what he is capable of.”
Dunfield scored for Canada at BMO Field against Ecuador last month.
He has a goal and three assists in 12 games for Vancouver this season.
Previously, Dunfield played for various clubs in England.
Attakora, 22, joined TFC in 2007 and was the only Day 1 player remaining.
He emerged as one of the team’s top defenders last season under former head coach Preki.
He declined to sign an extension with the club, citing the lack of stability at the top.
TFC is already on its sixth head coach.