Toronto FC's first ever Designated Player has been sent to FC Dallas.The Julian de Guzman era in Toronto is over.
The 31-year-old native of Scarborough, Ontario has been traded to FC Dallas. Toronto FC will get midfielder Andrew Wiedeman in return. It is expected that TFC wil alsol pay at least part of de Guzman's salary for the remainder of the season.
“Julian has had a very experienced career, having played in both the German and Spanish first divisions,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He is a central midfielder, a holding midfielder and a very skillful player. He also has a lot of experience playing with the Canadian National Team. He will give FC Dallas an additional veteran that can solidify our possession style of play. He also has a bit of toughness to him that will help us win 50-50 balls and control the central midfield.”
Having joined the Reds in Sept. 2009 from Spainsh club Deportivo La Coruna, de Guzman was Toronto's first ever Designated Player. However, he struggled to adapt to MLS and the midfielder's tenure in his hometown was marred by inconsistent performances amid high expectations.
De Guzman was the second-highest paid player on the TFC roster, with his $1.9 million (U.S.) salary in 2012 behind only that of former German international Torsten Frings.
In 96 career appearances with Toronto FC in all competitions, de Guzman scored three times.