It's time for the mid-season TFC roster makeover to begin. As we've known since pre-season Kevin Payne and Ryan Nelsen have always planned to make some significant changes during the summer transfer window. Not ones to wait around and let the grass grow under their feet Payne and Co. have already begun making moves - releasing Terry Dunfield and Logan Emory, as well as yesterday's trade of first spot in the allocation order to Chivas for an international slot and a 2015 SuperDraft pick.
This morning they kept things moving by announcing the trade for young midfielder Michael Thomas. The Notre Dame product has only been in MLS since the 2012 season after spending a couple of years playing in Sweden after being drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the second round of the 2010 draft.
Thomas was little used this year by SKC - he hasn't played in any MLS games (after playing in 7 last season) although he did play in their first US Open Cup match against the Dayton Lions. This shouldn't be viewed as a knock on his abilities as he's playing behind some very talented midfielders in Benny Feilhaber and Paulo Nagamura among others.
While Thomas may be looked at as a Terry Dunfield clone - it has to be noted that he's going to be making a great deal less than Dunfield and not only is he six years younger, he also doesn't have a history of injury (sorry Terry). Payne stated that Thomas is a player that TFC have had their eyes on for awhile and he's another illustration of TFC adding younger players to build a core going forward.
Will Thomas be a starter here in Toronto? Unlikely at the moment. But he looks to be a versatile depth player that will give Nelsen some freedom in the middle of the park, as well as an option for tomorrow night's game against the Impact should he make it to town in time. This is the first of likely many changes to come to our Reds over the next month and will probably be the least shocking. Now if we can just get him to change his number....