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Attacking swap: Columbus sends Oduro to Toronto for Rey

Jun 6, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

Dominic Oduro

Two players with tantalizing skill to burn were swapped on Friday when Toronto FC traded Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rey to Columbus in exchange for Dominic Oduro.

Oduro, who made headlines earlier this year with his pizza haircut, was only in Columbus for a year after moving from Chicago for Dilly Duka in 2013.

The 28-year-old, once capped for Ghana, is on his sixth MLS team. He scored 13 goals in his year-plus in Columbus after scoring 18 in 66 appearances for Chicago. He went to Twitter to thank Columbus.

Guess not. Rey moved to TFC from Xerez in the summer of 2013 but never converted his pace and promise into much. The winger scored once in 20 MLS games for Toronto. Meanwhile, if you want to be RT’d by Rey, now is the time. After posting the below Tweet, Rey has been Retweeting dozens of fans, teammates and well-wishers:

The move feels a bit like problem swapping, but the upside for Toronto is clear. With Michael Bradley committed to the World Cup, Oduro can instantly provide offense while the Reds wait for their superstar to return from Brazil. Perhaps Greg Berhalter can give Rey what he never found in Toronto and propel the Spanish midfielder to the next level.

  1. midtec2005 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    I like this move for Columbus. Oduro has no technical ability. If he couldn’t run fast, he would have no hope of being a professional soccer player.

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