After Toronto FC head coach Aron Winter held a news conference Friday vehemently denying the Major League Soccer franchise had any intention of trading forward and team captain Dwayne De Rosario, Toronto did just that -- trading him to the New York Red Bulls for midfielder Tony Tchani, defender Danleigh Borman and a first round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
This was no April Fools Day joke.
De Rosario, in his second season at Toronto after nine previous seasons with the Houston Dynamo, had 27 goals and 10 assists in 57 games, 53 of which he started since joining them December 12, 2008 and becoming their second captain in team history.
Tchani, a native of Cameroon, was in his second season with New York after being a member of the Generation adidas Class of 2010. In 27 games, 17 of which he started, he had a goal and three assists. Tchani led the University of Virginia to the 2009 NCAA College Cup title.
Borman, from South Africa, was in his fourth season at the Red Bulls and had a goal and an assist in 18 games, 13 of which he started.