Toronto FC did all it could to keep Laba

Matias Laba of Toronto FC battles for the ball with Mauro Rosales of the Seattle Sounders during...

Matias Laba of Toronto FC battles for the ball with Mauro Rosales of the Seattle Sounders during MLS action August 10, 2013 at BMO Field in Toronto. (Brad White/Getty Images/AFP)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:09 PM ET

At a certain point, Toronto FC knew he’d end up elsewhere.

With three Designated Players — Gilberto, Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe — there was no other option but to ship out the fourth, Matias Laba.

In the end, it was Laba or Bradley, an easy decision for TFC’s top brass to make.

So, the Reds traded their young DP to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, bringing an end to a saga that has stretched through much of the off-season — and pre-season.

“From the very beginning we’ve been trying to keep him,” Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko told the Toronto Sun on Thursday. “We were looking at ways to make Matias Laba not a Designated Player.”

The club’s brain trust attempted a contract restructuring, but couldn’t.

As for Major League Soccer’s intra-league loan mechanism, it would have required interested MLS teams taking on too much to make a deal worthwhile.

 


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