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Apparently TFC signed Jackson from Dallas. Right midfielder with MLS Experience. So, Alcaro Rey is not good enough for that position.

http://www.torontofc.ca/news/2013/12/tfc-acquires-jackson-fc-dallas

Or Rey plays left side of field?

Jackson is an utility player. He can play RW,RB and DM. Jackson most likely is going to spend a lot of time playing on wing since we don't have many good wingers. Rey, Jackson and Lambe only wing players we have on the roster for now. Osorio is capable playing at wing, but his natural position is middle of the field while Convey isn't coming back unless he takes a huge paycut.

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Some comments on Jackson from FCD fans on BigSoccer:

EvilTree said: ↑

Am I reading this right on Jackson? An enigma who has offensive talents to take over the game, has the physical attributes, but makes a lot of bonehead plays and turnover machine who has a temper problem.

Clint Eastwood:

Yes. Has some real talent, but is a headache.

The rest of the comments are similar, talented guy but hurts the team on the field more than he helps it and is not a team player. No one seems too sad to see him go, a few were saying they should get rid of him before the trade was made. His salary last year was $165 375. He was a steady starter for FCD last year though. So it seems like a risky acquisition but also one with potential to be very good given his young age and ability. Probably TFC is in a position where they have to take some risks like this because they absolutely need to upgrade the level of talent on the team.

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Frei to Seattle:

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/12/10/seattle-sounders-acquire-rights-goalkeeper-stefan-frei-toronto-fc

One day after parting ways with goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, the Seattle Sounders are hopeful they’ve made a move to find their newest man in net.

The Sounders announced Tuesday that they have swapped a conditional 2015 first-round MLS SuperDraft pick for the rights to goalkeeper Stefan Frei, Toronto FC's all-time leader in matches played.

"Stefan is a goalkeeper we have liked for a number of years," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said in a statement. "He is a quality professional who brings experience and leadership to the position. Adding Stefan at this point of his career was very attractive to us."

Frei, 27, started at least 26 games each of his first three seasons in Toronto from 2009-11, but sustained a broken leg during the 2012 preseason and lost his grip on the starting spot. He has appeared in just one league match over the past two seasons.

“Parting with a player of Stefan’s caliber and character is always difficult, but as we move forward with our re-shaping of the club, it is important that we have increased flexibility to make additional moves," TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. "This trade provides us with that flexibility. Stefan is a great player and an even better person who will always hold a special place in the club’s history. We wish him all the best as he moves on to the next stage of his career.”

Frei posted a record of 20-35-25 in Toronto in MLS play, with 19 shutouts. He was also a member of the club’s four consecutive Canadian Championship wins (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

The Sounders declined the option on Gspurning on Monday after he started all 49 regular season games over the past two years, as well as all six playoff appearances.

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First a point on expectations management, Jackson only played one game at the Serie A level (at 19) and one at the Serie B level in Brazil. The rest of his experience in Brazil was at lower levels loaned out to smaller clubs. The Cruzeiro loan seems conveniently to coincide with the Minas Gerais state competition.

For TFC, Jackson seems to offer flexibility in that he can play at a number of positions. What's also interesting about this acquisition, it makes me wonder if this might signal that the Gilberto deal is as good as done.

Some comments on Jackson from FCD fans on BigSoccer:

EvilTree said: ↑

Am I reading this right on Jackson? An enigma who has offensive talents to take over the game, has the physical attributes, but makes a lot of bonehead plays and turnover machine who has a temper problem.

Clint Eastwood:

Yes. Has some real talent, but is a headache.

The rest of the comments are similar, talented guy but hurts the team on the field more than he helps it and is not a team player. No one seems too sad to see him go, a few were saying they should get rid of him before the trade was made. His salary last year was $165 375. He was a steady starter for FCD last year though. So it seems like a risky acquisition but also one with potential to be very good given his young age and ability. Probably TFC is in a position where they have to take some risks like this because they absolutely need to upgrade the level of talent on the team.

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If this Brazilian kid from Internacional is a DP does this mean TFC are not getting one of Quagliarella or Gilardino? (Assuming Defoe is coming here)

It means that one of Gilardino or Defoe is not coming to TFC and Quagliarella to TFC rumors are dead.

Edited by Blackdude

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Interjecting a question. How many DP spots do TFC have again? Is it 3? And is Laba already a DP? If so, then what is said here is accurate, if Gilberto has signed, and to DP money, then I believe we have one DP spot left, only. Is that correct?

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Interjecting a question. How many DP spots do TFC have again? Is it 3? And is Laba already a DP? If so, then what is said here is accurate, if Gilberto has signed, and to DP money, then I believe we have one DP spot left, only. Is that correct?

I think the 30th paragraph in this article (I even counted single lines as paragraphs is they were preceded and followed by blank lines) answers your question.

The whole thing is an interesting read anyway, but the part I'm referring to is the allocation-to-make-lava-non-DP part:

http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/content.php?5144-The-unspoken-goal

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They added left back Justin Morrow from San Jose for the mysterious player named Al O'cation.

Judging from the negative reaction from San Jose fans on BigSoccer this seems like a good move by TFC. He had a very good 2012 but last year was not as good and he lost his starting position yet the San Jose fans still seem to thing he is a pretty good player that could bounce back from a poor season. He can also play CB as well as LB and was a very popular player with a good character. Mostly a salary dump by San Jose.

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So, TFC have 3 LB's (Morgan, Elmer and Morrow) and 1 LB (Bloom)? I wonder if they will move one of the LB's over to RB

Morrow's original position was CB and he was moved over to LB because San Jose was pretty set at CB. He can also play LM so hard to say where they plan to slot him in.

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Nice to hear about this pick up! He gives Morgan some genuine competition which is really needed. Despite losing his place last season, TFC should be getting a starting quality FB. He is a "USMNT B" player if you will, 1 cap to his name and the type of player who gets called to camp cupcake in January. Also selected to the All-star game in 2012.

Also noteworthy, he is on 130 K a year, which is reasonable considering his CV.

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