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.
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.
Wanna thank the crew organization for the opportunity they gave me to play for them. It was blast but in the end guess it didn’t work out
— Dominic Oduro (@Freakyfast8) June 6, 2014
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:
Thanks for everything to the @torontofc, all his fans and to my teammates.I wish you good luck in the season.
— Alvaro Rey (@Alvaro16Rey) June 6, 2014
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.