Trade for Collen Warner makes sense for Toronto FC

Toronto's FC's newest acquisition, Collen Warner, won't won't suit up for the Reds today. (JOEL...

Toronto's FC's newest acquisition, Collen Warner, won't won't suit up for the Reds today. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

The Reds can’t replace "The General."

On Friday, they did their best to stem the tide.

Ahead of Saturday afternoon’s league tilt against the visiting New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC acquired Montreal Impact midfielder Collen Warner in exchange for Issey Nakajima-Farran.

With Bradley set to miss at least five MLS dates because of the World Cup, the Reds swapped a productive winger for a pressing need. Toronto FC, before Saturday, didn’t have a suitable option to sit in front of its back four.

Despite making the deal, Toronto FC still won’t have one Saturday. Warner will miss this weekend after receiving a red card in Montreal’s home loss to Kansas City last weekend.

Without Bradley — and his replacement — the Reds could struggle to fend off a high-flying New York attack that currently employs Thierry Henry alongside the league’s goal-scoring leader, Bradley Wright-Phillips.

 


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