Hate him or love him, Warren Creavalle is no longer a Red. The versatile defender/midfielder was traded on the last day of the 2015 summer transfer window to the Philadelphia Union, in exchange for a second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
Creavalle, aged 24, had become a useful depth player for Toronto in 2015, making 14 league appearances (8 as a starter) and contributing a goal thus far this season. With injuries plaguing the backline and Toronto losing two starting midfielders to the Gold Cup, Creavalle filled in at various positions, often deployed as either a fullback or central midfielder (typically on the right side of the diamond formation).
The American defender had been acquired by Toronto FC in 2014, and also appeared in ten league matches for the Reds last season, scoring a single goal in 2014 as well.
Creavalle had become one of TFC supporters' favourite players to criticize, frequently blamed when results did not go Toronto's way. As a (primarily attacking) fullback, Creavalle was often accused of pushing too far ahead, failing to drop back and help his central defenders. Many speculated, however, that TFC head coach Greg Vanney's strategy was more to blame for the perceived lack of positional awareness.
Coming back Toronto FC's way is a 2nd round pick in the 2016 MLS Superdraft. With the way Philadelphia have been playing so far in 2015, that pick is likely to come earlier in the round- and while 2nd round picks have not always experienced tremendous success in MLS, if Toronto FC were to find another Daniel Lovitz this could end up being a good deal for TFC, especially when Creavalle's salary is factored into the deal. Toronto FC will be freeing up $119,000 and a roster spot with this transaction.
Whether or not you were a Warren Creavalle fan, he is now a member of what some have already labelled the "New Toronto FC". For the Philadelphia Union's sake, let's hope they find a useful way to get the most out of a technically limited but very versatile young player. For Toronto FC's sake, let's just pray to the soccer Gods that Creavalle does not join new teammate Conor Casey in finding a way to punish their former team every time they face the Reds.