Tim Bezbatchenko is at it again. The wily, MLS-savvy GM has seemingly made something (albeit very little) from nothing, trading away a player whose 2015 option had already been declined for a New England Revolution fourth round draft pick.
Most Toronto FC fans had already come to terms with the loss of Jeremy Hall, a hard-working midfielder who somehow played the second-most games for Toronto FC in 2013, but was relegated to a depth role (and that’s being generous) in 2014. Over the last three seasons the 26 year old had played in 67 matches in all competitions for the Reds, registering two goals and an assist. Hall was a fairly versatile young player who had been used primarily as a defender and defensive midfielder throughout his time in Toronto. Fans will remember him as a man who was active in the community and endearing in All for One episodes, which included a visit to his mother’s house in Florida where he recounted his glory days as a member of US national youth teams.
Coming Toronto’s way is a fourth round Superdraft pick from New England in 2015. Fourth round picks typically amount to very little, so it’s likely that TFC may never add an actual first-team contributor as a result of this particular piece of business. The outlook becomes even more dreary when you consider this pick is from the Revolution, who had a fantastic 2014 season and are unlikely to fall far down the totem pole in 2015. A late pick in a late MLS Superdraft round has very little chance of bearing (useful) fruit, however it’s still an upgrade from losing Hall without getting anything in return- a classic Little Tim move.
Bon voyage, Jeremy, and good luck filling in as Jermaine Jones’ backup (or wherever the Revolution decide to slot you in). Enjoy your time out in Foxboro, here’s hoping that you crack their roster WITHOUT coming back to haunt us when we meet again next season!
…And without further adieu, the fond moment from our departing player, Jeremy Hall’s only goal scored for TFC in the 2013 season: