The Columbus Crew have acquired Tony Tchani from Toronto FC today in a trade for defender Andy Iro and midfielder Leandre Griffit. Tchani, 22 years old, was the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls. He played one season in New York, scoring his only goal against the Crew. Tchani was traded early in the season to Toronto. He scored one goal for them, against Columbus as well.
Tchani, originally from Cameroon, is a box-to-box player that can fill in anywhere in the midfield. He is currently a Generation Adidas Player, meaning his $194,000 salary will not count against the Crew. Tchani also a green card, so Columbus will now have a free international roster spot. Andy Iro (England) had a green card, but Leandre Griffit (France) did not.
Tchani won’t be able to play tomorrow night against San Jose due to a minor injury.
The Crew should have more cap space available after trading Iro ($87,346 salary) and Griffit ($55,000), and not having to pay Tchani’s salary. This would make one believe the Crew are trying to line up a big signing, particularly in the center of defense, where Columbus is thin now.
Andy Iro went from being the captain this year, to being in the dog house. Iro captained the Crew in both of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal games against Real Salt Lake before the MLS regular season started. The Crew then picked up Julius James from D.C. United, and Iro has only started in one MLS game since.
Leandre Griffit only appeared in four MLS matches during his tenure with Columbus. His lone goal for the Crew came against the Houston Dynamo in his first ever appearance last July.
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