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Former TFC XI: The Ones that Got Away

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TFC have lost some players that have gone on to have great MLS careers. We build a team of current MLS-ers who used to play for the Reds and stack them up against the rest of the league.

Oh, what could have been, Platito.
Oh, what could have been, Platito.
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Over 9 seasons, TFC has seen massive turnover in player personnel. No player has reached 100 caps for TFC. No player has reached 35 goals.  Nobody seems to stick. That doesn't mean they're no good, though. How would TFC of the past fare in MLS play? Who would play?

Goalkeeper - Stefan Frei

Frei is TFC's all-time appearance leader and leader in every goalkeeping category. Now with Seattle, Frei's MLS stats are pretty admirable - 31 clean sheets, including 9 for Seattle en route to US Open Cup and Supporters Shield trophies. There were many supporters who pushed for Frei to get his 100th appearance for TFC after Bendik grabbed the #1 spot, myself included. His loss, however, doesn't sting as badly as some other names on this list.

Left Back - Todd Dunivant

Dunivant played 27 games for TFC, scoring zero goals. He's made 281 MLS appearances. He's won 4 MLS Cups and a US Open Cup. At 34 he's still a viable starter for the Galaxy, and a savvy veteran that many MLS teams would be lucky to have.

Centre Backs - Ty Harden, Marvell Wynne

Both Harden and Wynne had long careers in Red - making 63 and 75 appearances respectively. Harden has recently re-emerged after some time in obscurity with San Jose, scoring his first MLS goal this season during the opening game at Avaya Stadium. Wynne is also with the Earthquakes and has had an admirable MLS career, making 240 appearances at Right and Centre Back. At 28, Wynne is still a good asset for the Quakes, and his speed is matched by very few players in MLS. He won MLS Cup with the Rapids in 2010 (at BMO Field, no less).

Right Back - Dan Gargan

Gargan was a little bit maligned during his TFC tenure, but he was and is a serviceable right back in MLS. Gargan had the right back spot more or less locked down until the arrival of Richard Eckersley. Gargan won an MLS cup with LA last season and has made 3 starts for the Galaxy in 2015. He ranks second behind Adrian Serioux in best TFC long-throw. Honourable Mention: Jeremy Hall - New England

Defensive Midfield - Matias Laba, Maurice Edu

Edu was the first TFC success story - a highly-touted draft pick that played well in MLS and managed a move overseas to a big club in Rangers. After travelling around Europe with stops at Stoke and Bursaspor in Turkey, he returned to MLS and joined the Philadelphia Union as a designated player. Edu has played in 46 games for the US National Team, including during the 2010 World Cup.

Laba is the real one that got away. Traded to Vancouver for "future considerations", the Argentine has quickly become one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS. After Laba got Gilberto'd (I guess Gilberto really got Laba'd) by the signing of a 4th DP, Vancouver snatched him up and installed him in their 2015 league-leading starting XI. Not that we're still bitter. Honourable Mention: Sam Cronin, Nick LaBrocca, Nate Sturgis

Attacking Midfield - Luis Silva

When Luis Silva was traded to DC United, the casual TFC fan was probably not too bothered. Silva wasn't exactly lighting things up for TFC, who weren't exactly succeeding in any way shape or form. He'd been arrested in Houston and had looked disinterested at times on the field. Now with DC, Silva has blossomed into a key attacking piece. He scored 3 in his first 3 after the trade to United, and has 20 MLS goals to his credit in 85 appearances. Honourable Mention: Kyle Bekker

Left Wing - Joao Plata

Plata's unique style of play and diminutive stature make him one of the most exciting players to watch in MLS. After a good season first season with TFC, MLS defenses got wise to the Ecuadorian's tricks, quieting him in league play. After success in Champion's League didn't translate to more playing time, Plata angled (read: flew to Ecuador and stayed there) for a loan back to LDU Quito. He moved to RSL and signed a DP contract, lighting up the league last season - scoring 13 goals and adding 6 assists. disHonourable Mention: Jacob Peterson

Striker - Maximiliano Urruti

The transfer saga for Urruti was 250% longer than his time as a TFC player. After 2 appearances for TFC, he was gone to Portland. Not exactly a TFC legend like some of the honourable mentions (paging Chad Barrett), but Urruti still has upside to prove and at 24 still has time to develop into a top-class MLS striker. Honourable Mentions: Chad Barrett, Alan Gordon, Quincy Amarikwa, Robert Earnshaw

Right Wing - Dominic Oduro

Oduro, to me, is a dinosaur of MLS's roots. He is "freaky fast", and that's pretty much it. Unfortunately, that still sort of works in MLS, which is why Oduro is with team number 7 - Montreal. In a TFC shirt he didn't impress all that much, hence the short tenure. Honourable Mention: Eric Avila

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How would this team play in MLS? Who knows, but the pieces are certainly in place. Harden isn't good enough to start in central defence, but realistically, you could slot Edu into the back line and play Sam Cronin in his spot. Wynne and Gargan are viable MLS starters. Central midfield is arguably better than any other current team. From there forward,  Plata and Silva provide the creativity, and Urruti is there to finish with Earnshaw and Gordon available off the bench. Oduro doesn't inspire confidence but his speed can be a factor.

Its clear TFC has lost a lot over the years, but such is the nature of salary-cap sports. What do you think? How would this team fare in MLS? Which loss hurts the most? Who were you glad to see leave TFC (screw you, Peterson), and who would you welcome back into our current starting XI?