Toronto FC reveals roster decisions heading into 2014

Unlike previous TFC GMs, who promised the world but delivered success the size of P.E.I., Tim...

Unlike previous TFC GMs, who promised the world but delivered success the size of P.E.I., Tim Bezbatchenko is quietly confident as he learns the landscape of the city. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

TORONTO - Toronto FC is “writing a new story,” general manager Tim Bezbatchenko says.

On Friday, we learned which Reds players next season’s plot line will and won’t contain.

“It begins with our current players,” Bezbatchenko announced, revealing 21 players currently on the roster ahead of 2014.

Former steady hand Stefan Frei is officially gone. Danny Koevermans, too — both victims of major injuries that forced them to lose large portions of 2013, eventually losing their jobs.

Justin Braun, who arrived in Toronto this time last year hoping to extend his MLS career, is out of contract and likely out of the league, having scored just twice over the last three seasons.

Then, there’s uncertainty surrounding a group of players whose options were declined.

Last season’s leading goal scorer, Robert Earnshaw (option declined), could be on the way out after Bright Dike’s mid-season arrival made the Welshman somewhat expendable.


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